Rolls-Royce signs Trent 500 Totalcare extension with South African Airways

Thursday, 28 June 2007

Rolls-Royce today announced that South African Airways has signed an extension to its existing Trent 500 TotalCare® long-term services agreement to cover an additional three Airbus A340-600 aircraft leased from ILFC.

This new contract is worth around $100 million and expands a previous 10-year agreement that was signed in 2001 covering the other six A340s operated by South African Airways. The airline’s entire fleet of nine A340-600s is now covered by a comprehensive TotalCare agreement.

This new deal was celebrated as the Trent 500 fleet passed half a million hours in service with South African Airways. During this time, the engines have logged over 100 million kilometres and 60,000 landing and take-off cycles.

Robyn Chalmers, SAA Head Group Corporate Affairs, said: “We are proud to have built such a strong relationship with Rolls-Royce. We have great confidence in their product and look forward to the next step in this partnership.”

Andrew Ross, Sales Director – Africa for Rolls-Royce, added: "South African Airways is already experiencing the benefits which TotalCare brings to its operations. As the engine manufacturer, Rolls-Royce is best placed to provide this service, and this announcement reflects SAA's satisfaction with the way the fleet is managed.”

  1. TotalCare agreements, tailored for individual operators, offer a range of services extending to aspects of support such as latest predictive maintenance, asset and logistics management, as well as repair and overhaul. TotalCare offers the opportunity to remove uncertainties from engine management and provides airlines with greater financial confidence from managing predictable costs.
  2. The Trent 500 is the sole powerplant on growth versions of the four-engined A340, which began commercial operations in 2002. The entire fleet of engines has now accumulated nearly 4 million flying hours and 400,000 cycles since entry into service.
  3. A 53,000lb thrust version of the Trent 500 powers the A340-500, while a 56,000lb thrust variant is installed on the higher-capacity A340-600.
  4. There are now 161 firm and option Rolls-Royce powered A340s in service or on order with 20 customers and operators.
  5. The relationship between Rolls-Royce and South African Airways stretches back to the 1950s, when the airline took delivery of its first of eight Vickers Viscounts in late 1959. South African Airways introduced its first Rolls-Royce RB211-524 powered Boeing 747-400 aircraft in January 1991, building up to a fleet of six aircraft.
  6. In May 2007, Rolls-Royce demonstrated its continued commitment to industrial participation in South Africa when it took a 15 per cent share in Avalloy, South Africa’s first producer of superalloys, and the world’s first new producer for 15 years. Rolls-Royce has been working with South Africa on the development of its new superalloy capability for nearly 10 years.

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