Following the signing of a Letter of Intent (LOI) with Airbus, Taiwan’s China Airlines has selected Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines for 14 firm and six option Airbus A350 XWB twinjets.
If all the options are exercised, the business, at engine list prices, is potentially worth around $800 million. Deliveries start in 2015.
This is the first time Rolls-Royce has been chosen as an engine supplier by China Airlines. The announcement also marks the debut of the Trent series in Taiwan.
Chairman of China Airlines, Ringo K.S. Chao, said: “As the latest member of its impressive Trent engine family, we are very happy to have chosen the Rolls-Royce Trent XWB. Its advanced technologies and high operating efficiency will make it an outstanding addition to our fleet. This also translates into significant improvements in environmental performance, which will allow us to meet targets for reducing emissions”.
Mark King, President, Civil Aerospace, Rolls-Royce, added: “We look forward to establishing a long and rewarding relationship with China Airlines. Rolls-Royce attaches importance to the Taiwan market, and China Airlines leads the way, having earned a deserved reputation as a forward-looking and innovative carrier.”
Announced orders for the programme, including spare engines, now total over 800 Trent XWBs with 13 customers.
The Trent XWB is available in a range of thrusts from 74,000 to 92,000 lb, and a single engine type will power all versions of the A350 XWB.
Final engine configuration and selection of technologies for the Trent XWB are scheduled to be completed by mid-2008 leading to the start of ground-testing in 2010. A flying test bed programme will begin the following year, followed by airworthiness certification and first flight on the A350 XWB in 2012.
By the time the Trent XWB enters service, Trent series engines will have accumulated more than 75 million flying hours.