Several Rolls-Royce engine programs serving the corporate and regional aircraft market celebrate significant milestones in 2007. The BR710 engine has surpassed two million engine hours in its 10th year of service and the Tay 611-8 engine, marking its 20th year in service, has achieved more than five million engine hours in corporate operation. Additionally, the AE 3007C engine, powering the Cessna Citation X, passed the two million flying hours mark late last year.
Rolls-Royce powered aircraft also celebrated some significant milestones in 2007. Rolls-Royce is pleased to celebrate these with airframe partners Cessna, Gulfstream, Dassault, Embraer and Bombardier.
Ian Aitken, Rolls-Royce President of Corporate and Regional Aircraft said: "We are particularly proud of the achievements of our business jet engine programs. Our partnerships have been strengthened due to the performance and reliability that our engines provide to our customers.”
The BR710 powers ultra-long range business jets from both Bombardier and Gulfstream. Bombardier’s Global Express-XRS and Gulfstream’s G550 business jets depend on the performance of the engine for their ability to set multiple time and distance records.
There are more than 550 BR710-powered aircraft in service worldwide and Rolls-Royce has delivered more than 1,280 civil and military BR710 engines to date. The engine was certificated in 1996 and entered service with the Gulfstream GV in 1997. It provides excellent take-off and climb performance, allowing long-range business aircraft to reach cruising altitude more quickly, thus saving both fuel and time.
The Tay 611-8/-8C engines provide the power requirements for Gulfstream’s large cabin business jets, including the G350 and G450 and entered service in 1987 on the Gulfstream GIV.
With nearly 600 Tay 611-8/-8C -powered aircraft in service, the engine’s heritage of reliability and efficiency has served aviation for more than 40 years on previous Tay engine models. In total, Tay engines have achieved more than 24 million engine hours.
There are more than 1300 AE 3007 powered regional airline, military and corporate aircraft in service, with 23 million engine hours accumulated, included in that are more than 370 Cessna Citation X and Embraer Legacy 600 aircraft. There have been nearly 2,900 engines produced to date.
Rolls-Royce is the leading provider of propulsion system solutions for today’s business jets, garnering 34 per cent of the market and providing power to today’s largest, fastest and longest-range business jets.
Rolls-Royce has a broad customer base comprising 600 airlines, 4,000 corporate and utility aircraft and helicopter operators, 160 armed forces and more than 2,000 marine customers, including 70 navies. The company has energy customers in 120 countries. Rolls-Royce is a technology leader, employing around 38,000 people in offices, manufacturing and service facilities in 50 countries.
Rolls-Royce invests more than $1.4 billion every year on Research and Development, two-thirds of which is aimed at improving the environmental performance of its products and operations. Over $240 million of this program is dedicated to innovative technology aimed at improving environmental performance. To find out more about the company’s position on climate change and its approach to environmental issues, view the latest Rolls-Royce Environment Report by visiting www.rolls-royce.com/community/environment.
2006 Annual sales were $14.8 billion, of which 53 per cent are services revenues. The order book at June 30, 2007, stood at $70.2 billion, which, together with demand for services, provides visibility as to future activity levels.