Trent 1000 wins second order for Boeing 787 VIP
Monday, 2 July 2007
The Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 has been selected by Hong Kong real estate tycoon, Joseph Lau, to power his Boeing 787-8 VIP aircraft on order from Boeing Business Jets.
This agreement makes Mr. Lau the launch customer for the Trent-powered 787 VIP in Asia and is the second time the Trent 1000 has been selected for a 787 configured for corporate or VIP use.
Mark King, Chief Commercial Officer – Civil Large Engines for Rolls-Royce, said: " From our experience as the leading engine supplier in the corporate jet sector, we understand the needs of VIP operators. Our customers are now ranking the environmental credentials of an engine alongside exceptional reliability and low cost of ownership, making the Trent 1000 the best fit for corporate and VIP operations, and we are delighted that Mr Lau has recognised this with his engine selection.”
As the launch engine for the 787, the Trent 1000 will be installed on the first aircraft that will roll out of the Boeing factory this Sunday, 8 July.
- The Trent 1000 is the launch engine for all variants of the 787 and is specifically designed to generate additional power for the airframe’s unique range of electric systems. The engine has now completed the majority of testing required for engine certification by the airworthiness authorities, which is on track for later this year, before it powers the Dreamliner on its maiden flight.
- Including the aircraft involved in today’s announcement, firm and option orders have been placed for a total of 190 Trent 1000–powered Boeing 787s by Air New Zealand, ANA, Icelandair, LOT Polish Airlines, Northwest Airlines, Blue Panorama, Air China, Monarch, flyglobespan, Avianca and leasing companies, ILFC, LCAL, Pegasus and CIT.
- Launch customer, ANA, will begin operating the 787-8 in mid-2008 and will also introduce the short-range 787-3 in 2010. Air New Zealand will be the first airline to enter the 787-9 into service, also in 2010.
- The Trent 1000 is based on the proven Trent family design and incorporates the latest technological advancements focused on reducing life-cycle costs and minimising the environmental impact. The engine will benefit from the introduction of new technologies throughout its lifetime to ensure it maintains the best fuel efficiency for the 787.
- The Trent 1000 is the fifth member of the Trent family, the first of which entered service in 1995. By the time it enters service on the 787, the flying experience accumulated by all previous Trent engines will total around 35 million hours.
- Rolls-Royce is the number one engine manufacturer for corporate jets with 34 percent market share. There are nearly 3,000 corporate aircraft in service relying on Rolls-Royce power.
- 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. The primary technology investment area is aimed at reducing noise and emissions.