Rolls-Royce AE Engine family hits 25 million hours milestone

Tuesday, 22 May 2007

Rolls-Royce, the world-leading provider of power systems and services, has exceeded 25 million hours of service on corporate and regional aircraft with its AE family of engines.

The AE 3007 powers the Embraer ERJ 145 family of regional aircraft, the Embraer Legacy 600 business jet and the Cessna Citation X. The AE 2100 powers the high-speed Saab 2000 turboprop aircraft.

The AE 3007 engine, which entered service in 1996, has achieved 21 million engine hours on the Embraer ERJ aircraft and 2 million hours in corporate operation with the Cessna Citation X and Embraer Legacy 600 business jets. The AE 2100 has accumulated more than 2 million engine hours in regional turboprop service.

There are more than 1200 AE 3007 powered regional and corporate aircraft and more than 50 AE 2100 aircraft in service today.

Ian Aitken, Rolls-Royce President of Corporate and Regional Aircraft said: "The AE programme is among the most successful programmes in Rolls-Royce history. We are proud of the strong business partnerships we have with Embraer and Cessna on the AE 3007 programme and Saab on the AE 2100 programme. To achieve 25 million engine flight hours reflects the performance, reliability and efficiency of not only the engine itself but also the engineering, manufacturing and services teams dedicated to the programme.”

Designed and built by Rolls-Royce in Indianapolis (Indiana, USA) the AE 3007 turbofan incorporates advanced technology to meet a variety of demanding operational requirements for both airline and corporate aviation use.

There have been nearly 2,800 AE engines produced to date for all applications. Due to 70% parts commonality, the AE common core engines provide operators with worldwide availability of parts and support; reduced operating costs through streamlined global support; training; shared lessons-learned; military qualification; and international civil certification.

The AE2100 is a turboprop derivative of the AE Engine Family including turboshaft and turbofan variants. It set new standards of turboprop performance, efficiency and economy when it entered service in 1994 and its versatility is highlighted by its selection for the 50-seat regional aircraft market and key military transport applications worldwide.

  1. Rolls-Royce, world-leading provider of power systems and services for use on land, at sea and in the air, operates in four global markets - civil aerospace, defense aerospace, marine and energy.
  2. The AE 3007 engine is designed to meet the stringent requirements of corporate, regional airline and military customers and maintains excellent reliability and performance while meeting strict noise and emissions limits required of tomorrow’s fleet.
  3. Rolls-Royce delivered the 2,000th AE 3007 engine to Embraer and helped power the 100th Embraer Legacy 600 into service in March 2007. Embraer recognized Rolls-Royce by selecting the company as its 2006 Supplier of the Year award for mechanical systems. There are nearly 900 ERJ regional aircraft in service worldwide.
  4. The AE 2100 engine is coupled to a new-technology six-bladed Dowty propeller for use on five different civil, military and regional aircraft applications including the 50-seat Saab 2000 and the Lockheed C-130J Hercules military transport, as well as the C-27J Spartan medium airlifter and the ShinMaywa US-2 amphibious search and rescue aircraft.
  5. Rolls-Royce has a broad customer base comprising 600 airlines, 4,000 corporate and utility aircraft and helicopter operators, 160 armed forces and more than 2,000 marine customers, including 70 navies. The company has energy customers in 120 countries. Rolls-Royce is a technology leader, employing around 38,000 people in offices, manufacturing and service facilities in 50 countries.
  6. Annual sales total $12 billion, of which 54 percent are services revenues. The firm and announced order book is $45 billion, which, together with demand for services, provides visibility of future levels of activity.
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