Rolls-Royce Trent enters Latin America

Thursday, 2 October 2008

The first Trent 700-powered Airbus A330 entered into Avianca’s fleet today, marking the entry of the first new Rolls-Royce Trent in Latin America.

Avianca’s newest fleet will consist of ten Rolls-Royce Trent 700-powered A330s, as announced last year at the Paris Air Show. All the engines are supported by Rolls-Royce under a 10-year TotalCare™ service agreement.

Rolls-Royce joined Avianca, along with Airbus, at a ceremony marking the inaugural event today at the airline’s headquarters in Bogotá, Colombia, following the handover delivery held earlier this week in Toulouse, France.

Fabio Villegas, President of Avianca, stated: "For Avianca, it is very important that its Airbus A330 fleet is equipped with Rolls-Royce Trent 772B engines. These engines have cutting-edge technology with optimal performance in high and warm altitudes like Bogota's Eldorado airport, lower fuel consumption and reduced CO2 emissions, complying with the standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organization.”

Also speaking at the ceremony, Peter Turner, Vice President of Customer Business at Rolls-Royce said: “The arrival of the first new Trent in Latin America further demonstrates the Trent 700 is the clear engine choice on the A330 for fast-growing aviation markets. Today is a significant milestone for Avianca and Rolls-Royce and we look forward to building on our strong relationships we have in place today, well into the future.”

The aircraft will operate out of Bogotá and provide services to the Americas and Europe. The Rolls-Royce Trent 700 is the ideal powerplant for these medium and long-haul routes operating out of high altitude and high temperature airports.

Using the latest technology, the Trent 700 is the quietest of any engine available on the A330 and optimized for greater fuel efficiency and payload performance making it the perfect choice for Avianca as it advances its fleet capabilities. With TotalCare, engines are managed and maintained by the original equipment manufacturer, allowing Avianca to focus on what is most important – its customers.

The Trent 700 is the market leader on the A330 with a 52 percent share of firm orders. The engine is the most powerful available for the A330, and offers the lowest cumulative emissions and the greatest margin to Chapter 4 noise rules, thanks to the incorporation of latest technologies.

  1. Avianca, the first airline to be founded in the Americas, together with Brazil's Ocean Air and Ecuador's Vip S.A. airlines, is part of the Synergy Aerospace Group. Including more than 6,000 direct collaborators and a fleet of 52 short, medium and long haul routes, today Avianca operates directly to 21 destinations in Colombia and 21 destinations in America and Europe. From its Bogotá hub, it offers an average of 310 flights per day between different destinations in Colombia and abroad. Travelers have more than 6,000 possibilities for connections among directly operated destinations, or through code-share agreements with other world-class airlines. Besides its air transportation services for passengers, Avianca offers a whole portfolio of tourist services, mail, cargo, courier and aeronautical assistance through its Business Units - Avianca Tours, Deprisa and Avianca Services. Today, Avianca has code-share agreements with Iberia, Delta Air Lines, Mexicana de Aviación and Grupo Taca. For more information, enter: www.avianca.com.
  2. Avianca operates Rolls-Royce powered Boeing 757 and Fokker-100 aircraft and has selected the Trent 1000 to power its future fleet of 10 firm plus 10 option Boeing 787 aircraft. Avianca’s parent company, Synergy Group, has also chosen 10 firm and 10 option A350XWB aircraft, powered by the Trent XWB.
  3. Rolls-Royce is present throughout Latin America, where the Rolls-Royce Brazil aftermarket centre at São Paulo in Brazil has served the region since it was established more than 50 years ago.
  4. Rolls-Royce has supplied more than 2,000 AE 3007 engines to Embraer for the ERJ 145 series of regional aircraft and Embraer also built the Rolls-Royce powered AMX aircraft for the Brazilian air force.
  5. In the energy sector, particularly oil and gas, Rolls-Royce is a major supplier to Petrobras.
  6. Rolls-Royce is continually improving the environmental impact of its products. Each year Rolls-Royce, in collaboration with its partners, invests around £800 million on research and development, two thirds of which has the objective of reducing the environmental impact of its products. This technology investment is primarily aimed at reducing noise and emissions.
  7. TotalCare™, tailored for individual operators, offers a range of services from Rolls-Royce covering all aspects of asset management in support of its Civil Aerospace products. Building on the company’s knowledge, experience and infrastructure, these services include elements such as predictive maintenance, logistics management, and global repair and overhaul offerings. TotalCare can remove uncertainties from engine management and improve operational reliability for operators through a mutually aligned business relationship.
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