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.