Air Astana, the national airline of Kazakhstan, has selected Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines for its initial three Boeing 787-8s, plus a further three of the twinjets for which it has purchase rights.
The value of the firm business is $90 million at engine list prices. Deliveries begin in 2016.
Peter Foster, President of Air Astana, said: “Our aim is to continue developing as a world-class airline, and we are convinced that the marriage of the 787 and the Trent 1000 will provide us with outstanding efficiency and environmental performance. The new fleet supports our commitment to provide the highest standards of safety and service.”
Mick Forey, Senior Vice President – Civil Large Engines, Rolls-Royce, added: “This selection of the Trent 1000 gives us the opportunity to expand a valued relationship. Air Astana has a clear vision of the way it wishes to develop, and we are looking forward to supporting the Trent-powered flagship fleet in this exciting period of growth.”
Air Astana, which takes its name from Kazakhstan’s capital city, began operating in 2002, and has a network of 25 domestic and 21 international routes.
Its fleet includes Boeing 757s powered by Rolls-Royce RB211-535E4 engines, and A320s with V2500 engines, produced by the International Aero Engines consortium in which Rolls-Royce is a senior shareholder.
Including business still to be announced, orders have been placed for over 700 Trent 1000 engines by 23 customers, including five leasing companies – approximately half the Boeing 787 customers who have made an engine decision.
The Trent is the launch engine for all versions of the 787, which will enter service later this year.