BR725 engine star of show as Chancellor Angela Merkel visits Rolls-Royce at Berlin Airshow 2008

Tuesday, 27 May 2008

The newest Rolls-Royce aero engine, the BR725, was the key exhibit when Chancellor of Germany, Dr Angela Merkel, today visited the company’s stand (Hall 8, Booth 8302) on the opening day of Berlin Airshow ILA2008.

Rolls-Royce is the world’s leading engine supplier for business jets and the BR725 is the centrepiece of its presence at the show. The first run of the BR725 was completed successfully at the nearby Rolls-Royce facility in Dahlewitz, just one month ago. The first aircraft to be powered by this engine, the Gulfstream G650, is due to enter service in 2012.

Dr Merkel was accompanied by Arakkaparambil Kurian Antony, Defence Minister of the Republic of India; Michael Glos, Federal Minister of Economics and Technology; Matthias Platzeck, Prime Minister of Brandenburg; Harald Wolf, Senator of Economics Berlin; Jürgen Thumann, President BDI; Dr Thomas Enders, President BDLI and CEO Airbus; Raimund Hosch, Chairman Messe Berlin.

Dr. Michael Haidinger, President Rolls-Royce Deutschland and COO Corporate & Regional Engines Rolls-Royce, said: “We are delighted to be able to present our new BR725, a business jet engine that is unrivalled in its outstanding levels of power, efficiency and environmental performance.

“This engine opens a new chapter in the success story of the market-leading BR700 family and also means value-adding growth for Rolls-Royce Deutschland. It proves, once again, that the sustainable investment by Rolls-Royce in its German sites and in the development of eco-friendly engine technology is more than paying off.“

The launch of the BR725 demonstrates the continuing commitment of Rolls-Royce to deliver technological advances into the marketplace. This addition to the company’s broad product portfolio is the sixth new powerplant brought to the civil aerospace sector within the past six years.

  1. BR700 series engines are manufactured by Rolls-Royce at its Dahlewitz facility in Germany. Nearly 600 BR710-powered corporate jets are currently in service. Rolls-Royce Deutschland has a workforce of around 3,000 divided between Dahlewitz, near Berlin, and Oberursel, near Frankfurt/Main.
  2. The BR725 is more powerful than the highly-successful BR710, with a maximum thrust of 17,000lb, more than 4 dB cumulative quieter, has 4 per cent better specific fuel consumption and shows a 21 per cent improvement in NOx emissions.
  3. Initial flight test engines will be delivered to Gulfstream towards the end of 2008. The BR725 is scheduled to power the first flight of a Gulfstream G650 in the second half of 2009 and will enter service on this aircraft in early 2012.
  4. The Rolls-Royce Group has a broad customer base comprising more than 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 nearly 120 countries. It employs around 38,800 people worldwide in offices, manufacturing and service facilities in 50 countries and has businesses headquartered in the UK, US, Canada, Germany, Scandinavia and China. This global presence allows the Group to access long-term international growth opportunities with its technology, presence, partnerships and people.
  5. Rolls-Royce is working hard to improve the environmental impact of its products. Each year, in collaboration with its partners, it invests over £800 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.
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