Royal Brunei Airlines has selected the Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 to power four Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners it is acquiring on a lease agreement. In addition, the engines will be covered by a long-term TotalCare® service agreement which gives lifetime protection for each powerplant.
Royal Brunei Airlines is taking the 787s as part of a fleet renewal programme and deliveries are scheduled to begin in late 2009.
Rozman Junaidi, Vice President of Corporate Communications of Royal Brunei Airlines said: “We have considered all elements of our fleet replacement plan to ensure that we operate the most advanced equipment. There is no doubt that the Trent 1000 is the best engine for the 787 in terms of performance and environmental impact and will therefore, make a valuable addition to our fleet.”
Nick Devall, Executive Vice President of Customer Business at Rolls-Royce, added: “The Trent-powered 787 forms part of Royal Brunei’s strategic plan to modernise its fleet. It is a conscientious decision that reflects the growing demand from airlines to minimise their environmental footprint.
“Our relationship with Royal Brunei Airlines extends beyond 20 years and we are very proud to welcome them back to the list of Rolls-Royce operators.”
Royal Brunei Airlines previously operated a number of Rolls-Royce powered aircraft, including Boeing 757s fitted with the RB211-535, and Fokker 100s powered by the Tay engine. It currently operates four Airbus A320 family aircraft equipped with the V2500 engine, which is manufactured by the IAE (International Aero Engines) consortium, in which Rolls-Royce is a senior shareholder.
The Trent 1000 is the launch engine for all current versions of the Boeing 787. It will enter into service on the 787-8 with ANA (All Nippon Airways) in mid-2008, followed by service entry of the 787-3, also with ANA, and 787-9 with Air New Zealand in 2010.
A total of 19 customers and operators have selected the Trent 1000 for their 787s.