Rolls-Royce has agreed a long-term TotalCare® services contract with Thai Airways International covering the Trent 500 engines which power its fleet of ten, latest- generation Airbus A340s.
The ten-year agreement, which is based on an agreed dollar fee per engine flying hour, is the latest announcement to underline the popularity of the TotalCare® programme, which has been selected in 80 per cent of new Trent orders over the past six years.
Commenting on the agreement, Dan Pedley, Managing Director, Rolls-Royce (Thailand), said: “This is a win-win for Thai Airways International and Rolls-Royce. Agreements such as these allow Rolls-Royce to manage the potential uncertainties of the maintenance cycle and help airlines to operate with greater predictability, both operationally and financially. As the original equipment manufacturer, it is our clear responsibility, and we are well placed to deliver a reliable, cost-effective service based on the joint understanding of the customer’s operations and our own engines.”
Last year Rolls-Royce and Thai Airways International celebrated a decade of Trent operations. The airline was launch customer for the Trent 800 which entered service on its Boeing 777s in 1996.