Singapore Airlines powers ahead with latest Rolls-Royce Trent

Wednesday, 27 June 2007

Rolls-Royce announced today that it had secured agreement with Singapore Airlines to supply the latest version of its Trent engine series for a new fleet of 20 Airbus A350 XWB twinjets.

The value of the business, involving Trent XWB engines, is $800 million at list prices. In addition, the engines will be maintained by Rolls-Royce through a 12-year TotalCare services agreement. Deliveries will take place between 2013 and 2015.

The Trent XWB is the only engine offered on the A350 XWB twinjet. A single version, with a thrust range of 75,000 – 95,000lb, will be capable of powering all variants of the new aircraft.

Sir John Rose, Chief Executive of Rolls-Royce, said: The strong relationship between Singapore Airlines and Rolls-Royce continues to grow with this latest demonstration of confidence in the Trent engine series. Singapore Airlines has a deserved reputation for world-class customer service, and we are committed to providing the highest quality of equipment and services to help them sustain that position.”

Singapore Airlines currently operates 58 Boeing 777s powered by Trent 800 engines, and five Airbus A340-500s with the Trent 500. As launch customer for the Trent 900-powered A380, it will take delivery of its first aircraft later this year. A fourth Trent variant, the Trent 700, has been selected by the airline for 19 A330 twinjets.

  1. Singapore Airlines has been a major Rolls-Royce customer since 1995, when it placed what was, at the time, the largest order in the company’s history for the supply of Trent 800 engines for its Boeing 777 aircraft.
  2. Singapore Aircraft Leasing Enterprise (SALE), Silkair and all the budget carriers operating out of Singapore use the V2500 engine for their A320 fleets. The V2500 is produced by International Aero Engines, in which Rolls-Royce is a senior shareholder.
  3. Rolls-Royce is a major player in Singapore’s aerospace industry, accounting for over ten per cent of the country’s aerospace output. Through the company’s joint ventures with key local industry partner Singapore Airlines Engineering Company – Singapore Aero Engine Services Limited (SAESL) and International Engine Component Overhaul (IECO) - Rolls-Royce currently employs nearly 1,000 people in Singapore, accounting for nearly five per cent of the total industry workforce. One of its most significant contributions has been its role in enhancing Singapore’s aerospace industry.
  4. In January 2006, Rolls-Royce opened a regional procurement headquarters in Singapore to handle the management of suppliers in South Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, India and Singapore, following considerable growth in operations around the region. It also manages its regional energy business from Singapore and the marine business has a regional headquarters in Singapore.
  5. Rolls-Royce has also been active in research and development activities in Singapore, through investments in setting up Rolls-Royce Fuel Cell Systems and the Rolls-Royce Singapore Advanced Technology Centre with Singapore's Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) to look into a broad portfolio of technologies.
  6. More generally, 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.

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