Kuwait’s Alafco is latest customer for Rolls-Royce Trent XWB

Wednesday, 20 June 2007

ALAFCO, the Kuwait-based international Aviation and Lease Finance Company, has placed an order for Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines to power a new fleet of 12 Airbus A350 XWB twinjets.

The contract is worth $480 million at engine list prices.

Ahmed A. Al-Zabin, Chairman of ALAFCO, said: “We are investing for the future, and we believe the combination of the Trent and the A350 XWB will deliver flexible, highly efficient operations for our customers in the Middle East and around the world.”

Mike Terrett, President – Civil Aerospace, Rolls-Royce, added: “I look forward to building a new and mutually-rewarding business relationship with ALAFCO, one of the fastest-growing leasing companies in the Middle East. It increases our footprint and opens up new opportunities for us through lease operations.”

The Trent XWB – the only engine offered on the latest Airbus twin – is being developed specifically for the aircraft. A single version of the engine, capable of thrusts from 75,000 – 95,000lb, will be capable of powering all versions of the A350 XWB, available for entry into commercial service in 2013.

  1. Rolls-Royce has a growing presence in the Middle East, where it is playing an important role in the development of the region across all the Group’s sectors – civil aerospace, defence aerospace, marine and energy
  2. The Trent engine family has been ordered by many of the Middle East airlines, including Qatar, Emirates, Etihad and Gulf Air, powering Boeing 777s, A330s 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.
  3. The Group has more than 100 military engines in operation, powering Hawk trainers and C-130 aircraft.
  4. To date, Rolls-Royce has 400 industrial gas turbines in the region and the Dolphin Gas Project from Qatar to the UAE is using Trent gas turbines for the undersea pipeline system.
  5. Marine products are in service throughout the commercial and naval sectors. In Kuwait, the navy operates the UM Almaradim class patrol boats with Kamewa watetjets. UT Design offshore support vessels are being built for Abu Dhabi.
  6. More information on Rolls-Royce in the Middle East is available on www.rolls-royce.com/middle_east/default.htm.
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