Singapore Airlines and Rolls-Royce sign TotalCare agreement for A380 engine fleet

Wednesday, 28 November 2007

Rolls-Royce and Singapore Airlines have signed a TotalCare® services agreement, extending to 2021, covering maintenance of the Trent 900 engines which power the carrier’s new fleet of Airbus A380s. Singapore Airlines has selected the Trent for its initial ten A380s, the first of which entered service last month.

Sir John Rose, Chief Executive of Rolls-Royce, said: “This agreement marks a further development in our valued relationship with Singapore Airlines. This type of comprehensive support, through tailored aftermarket services, enables us to fulfil a genuine partnership role in Singapore Airlines’ operations.”

This is the third TotalCare contract between the airline and Rolls-Royce covering versions of the Trent. Existing agreements support the Trent 500 engines on Singapore Airlines’ Airbus A340-500s and the Trent 800s on its fleet of Boeing 777s. Maintenance will be carried out at Singapore Aero Engine Services Ltd. (SAESL).

Nine out of the 12 customers who have made A380 engine selections to date have chosen the Trent 900, giving Rolls-Royce a market-leading 58 per cent share of firm and option orders.

The Trent 900, one of the most powerful engines ever produced by Rolls-Royce, has been designed to minimise its environmental impact, and will operate well within the requirements of all current and proposed legislation on emissions. The Trent-powered A380 comfortably meets the stringent noise limits for airports such as London Heathrow, one of the aircraft’s early destinations for Singapore Airlines.

Singapore Airlines’ links with Rolls-Royce were established in 1995 with the selection of Trent 800 engines for its fleet of Boeing 777s. Since then the airline has also selected Trent-powered Airbus A330s, A340-500s, A380s and A350 XWBs.

  1. TotalCare, tailored for individual operators, offers a range of services from Rolls-Royce covering all aspects of asset management in support of its Civil Aerospace products. Building on the company’s knowledge, experience and infrastructure, these services include elements such as predictive maintenance, logistics management, and global repair and overhaul offerings. TotalCare can remove uncertainties from engine management and improve operational reliability for operators through a mutually aligned business relationship.
  2. The Trent 900 is the fourth member of the Trent family of engines that Rolls-Royce has produced since the original Trent 700 entered service on the A330 in 1995. With a fan diameter of almost ten feet, it is the largest engine Rolls-Royce has ever built.
  3. The first run of the Trent 900 took place on time in March 2003 and the engine was certificated on plan in October 2004. The first flight of the A380 took place in April 2005 and provided an early demonstration of the quietness of the Rolls-Royce powerplant.
  4. The Trent 900 has been developed with partners around the world. Seven companies are participating as risk and revenue-sharing partners: Industria de Turbo Propulsores (ITP) of Spain, Hamilton Sundstrand, Goodrich and Honeywell of the United States, Avio of Italy, Volvo Aero of Sweden, and Marubeni of Japan. In addition, Samsung Techwin of South Korea, and Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI) and IHI of Japan are programme associates.
  5. About Rolls-Royce in Singapore
  6. Rolls-Royce is to build a new facility in Singapore to assemble and test large civil engines, starting with the Trent 1000 for the Boeing 787 and the Trent XWB for the Airbus A350 XWB. Employing up to 330 people, this will be located at Seletar in the north of Singapore and will be fully operational by the end of 2009.
  7. Rolls-Royce is already a major player in Singapore’s aerospace industry, accounting for over ten per cent of the country’s aerospace output. Singapore Airlines (SIA) has been a major Rolls-Royce customer for Trent engines since 1995 and BOC Aviation, formerly Singapore Aircraft Leasing Enterprise (SALE), Silkair and all the budget carriers operating out of Singapore use the V2500 engine for their A320 fleets.
  8. Through the company’s joint ventures with key local industry partner, Singapore Airlines Engineering Company and activities in the Energy and Marine sectors, Rolls-Royce currently employs over 1,000 people in Singapore. It also accounts for approximately five per cent of the total aerospace industry workforce.
  9. Rolls-Royce has established relationships with Singaporean suppliers and manufacturers, including the sub-contracting of aero-engine component manufacture to Singapore Aerospace Manufacturing (SAM), a subsidiary of Accuron Technologies.
  10. Rolls-Royce is also engaged in research and development activities in Singapore. Together with the Singapore consortium Enertek, the Company is investing US$100 million in developing a commercially viable power system based on fuel cell technology.
  11. In 2006, Rolls-Royce was awarded the Distinguished Partner in Progress (DPIP) Award by the Economic Development Board (EDB) of Singapore in recognition of its contribution to Singapore in economic, social and community areas.

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