Monday, September 23, 2013

News: Rolls-Royce announce $1.5bn Lufthansa contract

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World-renowned engineers, Rolls-Royce, is to supply Trent XWB engines worth $1.5bn to Germany's Lufthansa, the largest airline in Europe.

The contract, including TotalCare service support, will see 25 Airbus A350-900 aircraft powered by the iconic engine. The airline also has options for a further 30 of the aircraft.

Lufthansa already has 60 Trent-powered Airbus A380s, A330s and A340s either in service or on order. Rolls-Royce is also a joint-venture partner with Lufthansa Technik AG in the N3 Engine Overhaul Services maintenance business.

Nico Buchholz, executive vice president, Lufthansa Group Fleet Management, said: "Having followed the development of the Trent XWB, we have been impressed with the performance of the engine and are pleased it will be powering our new fleet. The Trent XWB and Airbus A350 make a powerful combination, enabling us to continue to deliver the highest levels of customer service."

Eric Schulz, president - Civil Large Engines at Rolls-Royce, said: "This is a significant order for the Trent XWB from a valued customer that has continued to use new Trent technology to develop its fleet. We look forward to continuing our close relationship with Lufthansa."

The Trent XWB, the world's most efficient engine flying today, is the fastest-selling member of the Rolls-Royce Trent engine family, with more than 1,400 ordered prior to its entry into service next year.

Rolls-Royce's new Rotherham facility is currently under construction on the Advanced Manufacturing Park. The Advanced Blade Casting Facility will produce single crystal turbine blades, which play a critical role in jet engines and are required to withstand centrifugal loads of up to ten tonnes while operating at up to 200 degrees above the melting point of their alloy.

There are over 65 turbine blades in every iconic Trent engine and the 14,900 sq m facility will be capable of manufacturing 100,000 blades per year when it becomes fully operational in 2014.

Earlier this year, Rolls-Royce engines powered the successful maiden flight of the Airbus A350 XWB. This was followed last week by the first flight of the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner (pictured). The second member of Boeing's 787 Dreamliner family took to the skies from Seattle powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines.

Rolls-Royce website

Images: Boeing / Rolls-Royce

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