Monday, November 18, 2013

News: Rolls-Royce wins $5bn Etihad Airways order

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Rolls-Royce has won a $5bn order from Etihad Airways for Trent XWB engines, the world's most efficient engine flying today, to power 50 Airbus A350 XWB aircraft.

The deal was announced at the Dubai Airshow where on the opening day, three orders from Middle East airlines involving the full range of Airbus jetliner families were announced, potentially worth more than $47bn.

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has ordered 24 A350-900 Regional, 16 A350-900 and 10 A350-1000 aircraft.

The order takes the total number of Etihad A350 aircraft on order to 62, all powered by the Trent XWB.

The Trent XWB is the fastest-selling member of the Rolls-Royce Trent engine family, with more than 1,600 ordered prior to its entry into service next year.

Rolls-Royce's new Rotherham facility is currently under construction on the Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP). 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.
Tony Wood, president – aerospace at Rolls-Royce, said: "This is a significant order for the Trent XWB from a valued customer. We are delighted that Etihad Airways 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."

The contract, including TotalCare service support, also sees Etihad order Trent 700 engines to power one Airbus A330 freighter.

Earlier this year, Rolls-Royce engines powered the successful maiden flight of the Airbus A350 XWB. Airbus is bringing together the very latest in aerodynamics, design and advanced technologies in the A350 XWB to improve fuel efficiency, meaning that operating costs are 25% lower than its current long-range competitor.

The Trent engine uses advanced materials, coatings, engine architecture, and cooling technologies to make it lighter, more aerodynamic and efficient. Whilst providing up to 97,000 lb. of thrust it has the lowest carbon emissions of any widebody engine.

Also at the Dubai Airshow, Airbus' main rival, Boeing announced that its 787 Dreamliner received its 1,000th customer order when Etihad Airways announced an order for 30 787-10 Dreamliners, valued at $8.7 billion at list prices. Dreamliners are fitted with either Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 or General Electric GEnx engines.

Rolls-Royce website

Images: Airbus

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