DAE takes Rolls-Royce Trent XWB to power 30 A350 XWBs

Monday, 12 November 2007

The aircraft leasing arm of Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) has placed an order for Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines to power a new fleet of 30 Airbus A350 XWBs. The contract is worth $1.2 billion at list prices with deliveries of the A350-900s due to start in 2018.

This is the first order Rolls-Royce has received from DAE, following the company’s formation in 2006.

Robert Genise, Head of Aircraft Leasing at DAE, said: “The Trent XWB will generate significant benefits for our customers in terms of operational experience and lifecycle costs by simplifying management of the engine assets.”

Mick Forey, Senior Vice President - Airlines at Rolls-Royce, added: "We’re very excited to be partnering with this new and innovative leasing company and contributing to its ambitious growth plans. The Trent family of engines has been very successful in the Middle East and the DAE order further builds on our success in this important region.”

Rolls-Royce has a growing presence in the Middle East, which is playing an important role in the development of the region across all the Group’s sectors - civil aerospace, defence aerospace, marine and energy.

  1. Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) was established in Dubai in February 2006, and is building a global aerospace, manufacturing and services corporation. DAE is currently establishing subsidiaries in six key sectors spanning everything from research and development to manufacturing, maintenance, repair and overhaul, aircraft leasing and aerospace services.
  2. 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.
  3. Final engine configuration and selection of technologies are scheduled to be completed by mid-2008. The first Trent XWB will be ground tested in 2010. In 2011, the engine will make its maiden flight on a flying test bed, followed by airworthiness certification and first flight on the A350 XWB in 2012.
  4. By the time the Trent XWB enters service, Trent series engines will have accumulated more than 75 million flying hours.
  5. The Trent engine family has been ordered by many Middle East customers, including Qatar, Emirates, Etihad, Alafco and Gulf Air, powering Boeing 777s, A330s, A350 XWBs and A340s. In addition, Etihad will be the first operator in the region of the Trent-powered A380. The International Aero Engines V2500 is also operated widely.
  6. Rolls-Royce is continually improving the environmental impact of its products. Each year the company, in collaboration with its partners, invests around £700 million on research and development, two thirds of which has the objective of reducing the environmental impact of its products and operations. This technology investment is primarily aimed at reducing noise and emissions.
  7. TotalCare, tailored for individual operators, offers a range of services from Rolls-Royce covering all aspects of asset management in support of its Civil Aerospace products. Building on the company’s knowledge, experience and infrastructure, these services include elements such as predictive maintenance, logistics management, and global repair and overhaul offerings. TotalCare can remove uncertainties from engine management and improve operational reliability for operators through a mutually aligned business relationship.
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