Rolls Royce clinches $5bn Etihad order
Dubai, November 17, 2013
Rolls-Royce said it has won a $5 billion order from UAE national carrier Etihad Airways for its Trent XWB engines, the world’s most efficient engine flying today, to power 50 Airbus A350 XWB aircraft.
A world-leading provider of power systems and services for use on land, at sea and in the air, Rolls-Royce has established a strong position in global markets – civil aerospace, defence aerospace, marine and energy.
As per the deal, Rolls-Royce will supply a total of 113 Trent XWB engines to power 50 new Airbus A350 XWB aircraft and two Trent 700 engines for an Airbus A330-200 freighter.
The order includes 102 engines fitted onto the aircraft, 13 spare engines and long-term TotalCare support services.
The Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines will be fitted onto 40 A350-900 and 10 A350-1000 aircraft, which form part of a $26.9 billion Airbus order also announced today by Etihad Airways.
Delivery of the aircraft is scheduled to commence from 2020, sadi a statement from the UAE airline.
Etihad president and CEO James Hogan said: “We have a very successful track-record with Rolls-Royce engines, from the Trent 700 engines on our A330s to the Trent 500 engines on our A340s, and this latest order will further strengthen our relationship.
“The Airbus A350 XWB will play a fundamental role in the next phase of our international growth strategy and we are confident the Trent XWB engines will deliver exceptional lifecycle fuel-efficiency, maximise revenue potential, minimise disruption and reduce environmental impact.”
Hogan said: "We have been very impressed with the Trent XWB’s development during testing and first flight. The engine will enable us to offer new levels of efficiency and will help maintain Etihad’s fleet as one of the greenest in the sky."
Tony Wood, the president of Rolls-Royce (Aerospace) said: "This is a significant order for the Trent XWB from a valued customer. We are delighted that Etihad is continuing to expand its fleet of Rolls-Royce powered aircraft and we look forward to developing our relationship further."
"The Trent XWB is the largest-selling Trent engine, with more than 1,600 on order prior to entry into service next year," he added.
The airline also has 28 A330 aircraft in service powered by Trent 700 engines and 11 A340s in service powered by Trent 500 engines.
The Trent XWB, specifically designed for the Airbus A350 XWB, powered the first test flight of the A350 XWB at Toulouse on 14 June this year, said the Rolls Royce in its statement.
Etihad has also ordered Trent 700 engines to power one Airbus A330 freighter aircraft with TotalCare support, it added.-TradeArabia News Service