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.