Mexicanaclick awards Rolls-Royce $350 million contract
Friday, 3 April 2009
Rolls-Royce has signed a long-term engine service agreement worth more than $350 million with Mexicana Group for the fleet of aircraft operated by its low-cost subsidiary, MexicanaClick. The TotalCare® agreement covers 25 newly leased Boeing 717-200s, powered by Rolls-Royce BR715 engines.
Today, more than 55 per cent of Rolls-Royce’s modern jet engine fleet is covered by TotalCare or CorporateCare® service agreements.
Ricardo Baston, Executive Vice President, Corporate Planning and Fleet Transactions, Mexicana Airlines said: “Mexicana prides itself on reliability, innovation and technology. We have relied on high-performance Rolls-Royce engines for nearly 20 years. Selection of the BR715 for MexicanaClick will bring class leading payload and reliable performance, supported by Rolls-Royce’s world class TotalCare program.”
Lewis Prebble, Rolls-Royce Vice President of Customer Business said: “We are delighted to begin the next chapter in this long-standing relationship. TotalCare will deliver tailored and comprehensive engine services for Mexicana, underpinned by deep engine expertise that only we can provide.”
The Boeing 717-200, for which Rolls-Royce provides the sole power plant available, is the quietest, most efficient airframe and engine combination in its class. The BR715 offers operators benefits such as: noise levels far below current [Chapter 4 noise rules] regulations; emissions well below current ICAO regulations; and up to 25 per cent improved fuel burn relative to previous generation power plants. Specific fuel consumption (SFC) levels are the lowest in its thrust class, enabling outstanding aircraft range.
- Rolls-Royce, a world-leading provider of power systems and services for use on land, at sea and in the air, has established a strong position in global markets - civil aerospace, defence aerospace, marine and energy.
- Mexicana is Mexico’s top airline and holds a leading position in the Mexico – U.S. market. In 2008, the carrier flew over 11.7 million passengers to some 50 destinations in Mexico, North America, Central and South America, and recently added flights to Europe. Rated the No. 1 brand in its category, Mexicana has built a solid reputation in commercial aviation with over 90 years of experience, during which time it has earned the trust and loyalty of its passengers by offering products and services tailored to meet their needs. www.mexicana.com
- Mexicana has been a valued customer since 1991. In addition to the 25 717-200s, recently leased from Boeing Capital Corporation for MexicanaClick, Mexicana Airlines also operates two Trent 700-powered Airbus A330s, a fleet of 25 Rolls-Royce Tay-powered Fokker 100s and 29 V2500-powered Airbus A320 family aircraft. The V2500 is produced by the International Aero Engines (IAE) consortium, of which Rolls-Royce is a major shareholder.
- TotalCare is tailored for individual customers and offers a range of services covering all aspects of asset management, while providing predictable engine maintenance costs. The large installed base of Rolls-Royce civil aerospace engines generates demand for the provision of these services.
- In 2008, Rolls-Royce spent over £800 million on research and development, two thirds of which had the objective of further improving the environmental aspects of its products. The primary technology investment area is aimed at reducing noise and emissions.