Monday, April 20, 2015

News: Rolls-Royce lands $9.2 billion Emirates order

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World-renowned engineers, Rolls-Royce, has won its largest ever order, worth $9.2 billion (£6.16 billion), to provide Trent 900 engines and TotalCare service support to Emirates, the largest airline in the Middle East.

The order is also one of the largest ever export orders for a UK company.

Rolls-Royce said that the decision confirms the Trent 900 as the engine of choice on the four-engine A380, the world's largest passenger airliner. It has now secured more than 50% market share on the aircraft, in addition to being selected by the majority of Airbus A380 customers.

John Rishton, chief executive officer at Rolls-Royce, said: "The success of Emirates over the last thirty years has been extraordinary; this is in no small part thanks to the exceptional leadership of Sir Tim Clark. Rolls-Royce has been proud to have been part of this success, powering Emirates aircraft since 1996. We are delighted that Emirates has again placed its trust in our technology, with the biggest order in our history.

Sir Tim Clark, president of Emirates Airline, added: “Rolls-Royce is a key partner for Emirates and we have been impressed with its commitment to continual improvements in the economic and operational performance of the Trent 900. These improvements have been decisive factors in our selection of the product for 50 of our A380s.

"Today's announcement is significant not only because it cements the partnership between Emirates and Rolls-Royce, but also because of the significant economic impact that this will have on aviation manufacturing in the UK and Europe."

The engines will contain turbine blades manufacturing in Rotherham at Rolls-Royce's Advanced Blade Casting Facility (ABCF), the £110m facility that was officially opened on the Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP), earlier this year.

The Nickel-based superalloys are made from single crystals using the very latest manufacturing techniques. These SX blades generate the power of a Formula 1 racing car and temperature within the high pressure turbine is 1,700 degrees centigrade, hotter than the melting point of the turbine blades themselves, so they have to be coated with a special ceramic and cooled with air passed through the discs and out of a series of precise holes in the blade.

The facility, has the capacity to produce 200,000 turbine blades per year. There are over 65 in every iconic Trent engine and 182 turbine blades in each Trent XWB engine.

The Trent XWB, the world's most efficient aero engine and specifically designed for the A350 XWB, is the fastest-selling civil large engine ever, with more than 1,600 already sold to 40 customers. The latest version of the Trent 900 includes technology developed for the Trent XWB and Trent 1000 engines.

Rolls-Royce website

Images: Emirates

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