Rolls-Royce and Bombardier celebrate 500th BR710 engine delivery

Friday, 23 March 2007

Rolls-Royce and Bombardier celebrated delivery of the 500th BR710 engine with a ceremony on March 22 at Bombardier’s manufacturing facility in Toronto, Canada. The BR710 engine powers the high-speed Bombardier Global 5000 and ultra-long range Global Express XRS business aircraft.

Dr. Michael Haidinger, Chairman of Rolls-Royce Deutschland, where the BR710 is designed and built, presented Bombardier with a BR710 fan blade recognizing the milestone delivery.

Dr. Haidinger said: “An important foundation of the success story of Rolls-Royce Deutschland is the excellent long-time relationship with Bombardier. The 500th BR710 engine delivered to our Canadian customer is not only a further milestone of this extremely successful engine program – it also manifests Bombardier’s confidence in us.”

Bombardier launched its Global business jet family in 1993 with the Global Express aircraft offering passenger seating of up to eight and a range up to 6,010 nautical miles. The Bombardier Global 5000 jet was launched in 2002, soon followed by the Global Express XRS business jet launch in 2003.

Ian Aitken, Rolls-Royce President of Corporate and Regional Aircraft said: "We are celebrating this milestone of delivering 500 engines to Bombardier in the same year that the BR710 engine surpasses 10 years in service. We are also celebrating the strong relationship between Rolls-Royce and Bombardier.”

Eric Martell, Bombardier Vice President and General Manager for Bombardier Challenger and Global Aircraft added: “The relationship between Bombardier and Rolls-Royce has been key to the program success. It contributes to the success of the Global aircraft family worldwide and helps ensure the customers and operators reach their destinations on time and meet their business objectives. We are proud to help celebrate this 500th engine delivery with our friends at Rolls-Royce.”

The 500th BR710 engine rolled off the Rolls-Royce assembly line in Dahlewitz, Germany on March 1 with a local celebration attended by employees. Rolls-Royce Deutschland is the only German engine manufacturer officially approved to develop, manufacture and maintain modern civil and military turbine engines.

Facts on the BR710 engines

  1. The BR710 has a range of thrust from 14,000lb - 17,000lb. Its remarkable performance under a wide range of operating conditions has led to it becoming the powerplant of choice for ultra-long range business jets. These aircraft have set many new world and national records in the fields of range, speed and altitude while at the same time delivering years of trouble-free operation.
  2. The BR710 is the cleanest and quietest engine in its class. The low noise and emissions levels of the BR710 ensure that aircraft have access to major airports and local airfields all around the world.
  3. In April 2005, the first Bombardier Global 5000 entered service. In August of that year, Bombardier delivered its 150th Global aircraft – a Global 5000. The entire Global fleet (Bombardier Global 5000, Global Express and Global Express XRS) is powered by the BR710 engine.
  1. Bombardier is a world-leading manufacturer of innovative transportation solutions, from regional aircraft and business jets to rail transportation equipment, systems and services. Bombardier Inc. is a global corporation headquartered in Canada.
  2. Rolls-Royce, the 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, defence aerospace, marine and energy.
  3. Rolls-Royce is the leading provider of propulsion system solutions for today’s business jets, garnering 34% of the market and providing power to today’s largest, fastest and longest-range business jets.
  4. Rolls-Royce has a broad customer base comprising 600 airlines, 4,000 corporate and utility aircraft and helicopter operators, 160 armed forces, more than 2,000 marine customers including 70 navies, and energy customers in 120 countries. Rolls-Royce is a technology leader, employing 38,000 people in offices, manufacturing and service facilities in 50 countries.
  5. Annual sales total £7.4 billion, of which 53 per cent are services revenues. The firm and announced order book is £26.1 billion, of which aftermarket services represent 38 per cent, providing visibility of future levels of activity.

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