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Etihad airways expands Rolls-Royce Trent fleet with A350 XWB

Pierre Perrin-Monlouis Dernière mise à jour: 20 octobre 2021

Rolls-Royce said today that the potential value of the Etihad Airways’ order for up to 50 Airbus A350 XWB aircraft powered by Trent XWB engines, with a long-term TotalCare® support agreement if selected, is $4.5 billion.

The aircraft order, announced at the Farnborough Airshow on Monday, comprises firm orders for 25 firm A350 XWBs, with options for ten more aircraft and purchase rights for a further 15 aircraft.

James Hogan, chief executive of Etihad Airways said today: “We are delighted to be extending our relationship with Rolls-Royce. The Trent family is helping us develop a state-of-the-art fleet to support the airline’s contribution to the growth of Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates.”

Mark King, President – Civil Aerospace at Rolls-Royce, said: “The Trent XWB represents the latest technology available to the industry. TotalCare is a highly valued, tailored, aftermarket service and will enable Etihad Airways to continue to pursue its ambitious growth plan. We are pleased to be able to support its objectives.”

The first Trent XWB is scheduled to begin ground testing in 2010 and will make its maiden flight on the new Airbus twinjet in 2012.

The Trent XWB, the sole engine currently available for the Airbus A350 XWB, is available in a range of thrusts from 74,000 to 92,000 lb. A single engine type will power all versions of the A350 XWB. By the time the Trent XWB enters service, Trent series engines will have accumulated more than 75 million flying hours.

Note to Editors:

Rolls-Royce’s strategy is to create an engine for every airframe, which has resulted in the Trent XWB being tailored specifically for the aircraft. The strategy has also given Rolls-Royce has a leading 50 per cent market share on modern widebody aircraft, with more than 1,400 Trent engines in service on over 550 aircraft and around a further 2,500 on backlog. Each of its six Trent engines has either been the first or launch engine on the airframe, or has gone on to take the leading market share.

Revenue from aftermarket services comprises 63 per cent of Rolls-Royce Civil Aerospace revenues. Today, more than 55 per cent of the company’s modern jet engine fleet is covered by TotalCare® or CorporateCare® service agreements. With around 80 per cent of civil engine orders announced by Rolls-Royce in the past 18 months incorporating service arrangements, the proportion of fleet coverage will continue to rise, giving increased visibility of revenues.

Rolls-Royce has a growing presence in the Middle East, where it is playing an important role in the development of the region across all the Group’s sectors – civil aerospace, defence aerospace, marine and energy.

In 2005 the Group signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Mubadala to explore a number of mutually beneficial opportunities across the Middle East. The relationship between Rolls-Royce and Abu Dhabi began more than 30 years ago with Avon gas turbines which have been used by Abu Dhabi to pump its oil since 1973. Rolls-Royce aero gas turbines have been maintained in the Abu Dhabi Aircraft Technologies facilities, formerly GAMCO, in Abu Dhabi for more than 20 years.

Rolls-Royce is participating in the Masdar vision to position Abu Dhabi as a world-class research and development hub for new energy technologies. It is being managed by the Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (ADFEC), a government-owned organisation wholly-owned by Mubadala Development Company.

In April 2008, Rolls-Royce signed a MoU with Al Taif Technical Services, which is owned by Mubadala, under which it will provide service support to Rolls-Royce Distributed Generation Systems.

The Group has more than 1,000 military engines in operation in the Middle East, covering all the defence market sectors, including the Adour, powering Hawk trainers and the T56 on C-130 transport aircraft, as well as numerous helicopter engines. The Royal Saudi Air Force operates Tornado, Hawk and C-130 aircraft powered by Rolls-Royce and its partners. It will also operate the EJ200 powered Typhoon.

Marine products are in service throughout the commercial and naval sectors. UT Design offshore support vessels are being built for Abu Dhabi.

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Pierre Perrin-Monlouis
Pierre Perrin-Monlouis
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