Hawaiian Airlines has selected two versions of the Rolls-Royce Trent series to power its new long range fleet of Airbus twinjets. The value of the business, at engine list prices, is approximately $460 million.
The order comprises Trent XWB engines for six A350-800 XWB aircraft, and Trent 700s for six A330-200s.
Hawaiian plans to lease additional Trent-powered A330s for earlier introduction to its fleet, starting in 2009.
Mark Dunkerley, Hawaiian’s President and CEO, said: “This agreement with Rolls-Royce is an important step in a long range fleet plan that provides not only for fleet renewal, but also for growth in our business.
“The Trent 700 on the A330 delivers high levels of operational efficiency, while the Trent XWB represents the next generation of super-efficient technology that will open exciting new horizons for Hawaiian Airlines.”
Jim Guyette, President and Chief Executive Officer, Rolls-Royce North America, added: "We’re looking forward to expanding our relationship with Hawaiian Airlines, and to playing a central role in these exciting and ambitious plans. The Trent engines they have selected will deliver the world-beating levels of operational efficiency and environmental performance which are at the heart of Hawaiian's vision."
The A350 XWB, for which the Trent XWB is the sole engine offered, will give Hawaiian the capability to fly non-stop from Honolulu to markets throughout Asia, Australasia, the Americas and Europe.
With its Trent-powered A330s, Hawaiian will be able to serve all North America and points in eastern Asia, again with non-stop services.
The Trent selection sees Rolls-Royce building on an existing partnership with Hawaiian Airlines, which currently operates a fleet of 11 BR715-powered Boeing 717s.