Rolls-Royce Trents for Avianca – first in Latin America

Tuesday, 19 June 2007

Colombia’s Avianca has chosen Rolls-Royce Trent engines for up to 30 widebody jets from Airbus and Boeing. The potential value of the contract to Rolls-Royce is $1.1 billion at catalogue prices. In addition, all the engines will be supported by Rolls-Royce under 10-year TotalCare service agreements.

The order - the first for the Trent in Latin America – consists of Trent 1000 engines for ten firm plus ten option Boeing 787s, and Trent 700s to power five firm and five option A330s.

Avianca’s President, Fabio Villegas, said: “Our evaluation proved the Trent solution was ideal for our operations. Reliability and payload performance were key factors in our choice of the Trent 700, and while incorporating latest technologies, the new Trent 1000 retains strong family characteristics which make it the best option for our 787s.”

Mike Terrett, President, Civil Aerospace at Rolls-Royce commented: “Avianca has a clear vision of how its future will be shaped, and we’re proud to be part of its plans. The Trent family’s record, and the design commonality which runs throughout the engine series, has clearly been influential in this decision.”

The Trent 1000 is the launch engine for all versions of the 787 Dreamliner, which enters service in 2008. It is well on the way to achieving certification by the airworthiness authorities, on schedule, later this year. The first pair of engines has been delivered to Boeing ready for the 787’s rollout next month.

The Trent 700 is the market leader on the A330 with a 44 per cent share of orders. The engine is the most powerful available for the A330, and has improved fuel efficiency thanks to the incorporation of latest technologies from the Trent 1000.

  1. Avianca, the first airline founded in the Americas, is part of the Synergy Group, which also has economic interests in Brazil’s Oceanair, and Ecuador’s Vipsa. With more than six thousand (6,000) direct employees and a fleet of 51 short, middle and long haul aircraft, Avianca directly operates to 20 destinations in Colombia and 19 cities in America and Europe. From its Bogota hub, it offers an average of 300 flights a day among destinations in Colombia and abroad. Travelers have a wide range of choices for connections among directly operated destinations, or through 170 interline or code-share agreements with major international airlines. Besides offering air transportation to passengers, Avianca also offers tourist services, cargo, courier as well as air transportation services to third parties through its business units Deskubra, Deprisa and Avianca Services. For more information, enter: www.avianca.com
  2. Rolls-Royce is present throughout Latin America, where the Rolls-Royce Brazil aftermarket centre at Sao Paolo in Brazil has served the region since it was established more than 50 years ago.
  3. It has supplied more than 2,000 AE3007 engines to Embraer for the ERJ 145 series of regional aircraft and Embraer also built the Rolls-Royce powered AMX aircraft for the Brazilian air force.
  4. In the energy sector, particularly oil and gas, Rolls-Royce is a major supplier to Petrobras.
  5. Rolls-Royce is working hard to improve the environmental impact of its products. Each year Rolls-Royce, in collaboration with its partners, invests around £700 million on research and development, two thirds of which has the objective of reducing the environmental impact of its products. This technology investment is primarily aimed at reducing noise and emissions.
  6. 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.
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