Flyglobespan selects Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 for long-haul expansion

Monday, 18 June 2007

UK low-cost airline, Flyglobespan, has selected the Trent 1000 to power the two Boeing 787 Dreamliners it is leasing from International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC). This is a first-time Trent order from the airline.

The Trent 1000s will be covered by a long-term TotalCare services agreement, worth $100 million, under which Rolls-Royce will manage engine support and maintenance on behalf of Flyglobespan for an agreed dollar rate per flying hour.

The Trent-powered 787s will be delivered from 2010 and will enable the airline to grow its long-haul route network.

Tom Dalrymple, Chairman of Flyglobespan, said: "We’re proud to operate a modern fleet of aircraft that minimise any environmental impact and we were very conscious of this when making our engine selection for the 787. The fact that the Trent 1000 clearly beats all current and proposed environmental legislation was a deciding factor, especially during a phase when we’re expanding our network.”

Dominic Horwood, Director – Boeing Programmes at Rolls-Royce added: “The Trent 1000 was designed to meet the needs of our customers and, supported by TotalCare, it is the ideal solution for operators that want to minimise lifecycle costs while maximising revenue opportunities. We’re delighted to welcome Flyglobespan to the expanding Trent family.”

The first pair of Trent 1000s has been shipped by Rolls-Royce for installation on the initial 787. As launch engine for the new Dreamliner, the Trent 1000 will power the aircraft’s first flight later this year.

  1. Including the aircraft involved in today’s announcement, firm and option orders have been placed for a total of 180 Trent 1000–powered Boeing 787s by Air New Zealand, ANA, Icelandair, LOT Polish Airlines, Northwest Airlines, Blue Panorama, Air China, Monarch and leasing companies, ILFC, LCAL, Pegasus and CIT.
  2. The Trent 1000 is the launch engine on all variants of the Boeing 787. ANA will begin operating the 787-8 in mid 2008 and will also introduce the short-range 787-3 in 2010.
  3. The Trent 1000 is the fifth member of the Trent family, the first of which entered service in 1995. By the time it enters service on the 787, the flying experience accumulated by all previous Trent engines will total around 35 million hours.
  4. Half of the Rolls-Royce civil fleet is covered by TotalCare agreements, and around 80 per cent of all new Trent orders since 2001 have been accompanied by TotalCare contracts.
  5. TotalCare agreements, tailored for individual operators, offer a range of services extending to aspects of support such as latest predictive maintenance, asset and logistics management, as well as repair and overhaul. TotalCare offers the opportunity to remove uncertainties from engine management and provides airlines with greater financial confidence from managing predictable costs.
  6. Rolls-Royce is working hard to improve the environmental impact of its products. Each year Rolls-Royce, 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. This technology investment is primarily aimed at reducing noise and emissions.
  7. Flyglobespan is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Globespan Group Plc, a company established in 1974. The airline began flying in April 2002 and now operates 21 aircraft to a wide range of destinations within Europe, Africa, Canada and the USA. It is based in Edinburgh, Glasgow and London Stansted.

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