Rolls-Royce wins $1.5 billion order to power 20 Air China aircraft

Saturday, 14 November 2009

Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, has won an order for Trent 700 engines to power 20 Air China Airbus A330 aircraft. The contract, worth $1.5bn at list prices, includes long-term TotalCare® service support.

The aircraft, to be delivered from 2011, will take Air China’s Rolls-Royce powered A330 fleet to a total of 43.

In China, the Trent 700 has now been selected fourteen times by nine customers to power a total of 178 A330s in service or on order.

More than 1,000 Trent 700s are in service or on firm order. As the only engine specifically designed for the aircraft, the Trent 700 has won more than 70 per cent of new orders over the last three years.

He Li, Air China Senior Vice President, said: “We have been pleased with the performance and service support for our existing Trent 700s. This was a major factor in our latest engine selection.”

Phil Harris, Rolls-Royce Senior Vice President Customer Business, said: “We are delighted that Air China is again turning to Trent engine technology. It offers Air China many advantages, such as the ability to maximise capacity at hot and high altitude airports, minimise fuel costs and benefit from the Rolls-Royce TotalCare® comprehensive long-term support package.”

The latest Air China engines are an enhanced performance version of the Trent 700 which improves engine fuel burn – confirming its position as the engine of choice for fuel burn, emissions, thrust and noise on the A330. As part of the contract, Trent 700 engines for Air China’s existing fleet of A330s will be retrofitted with enhanced performance kits.

  1. 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. In each of these sectors, Rolls-Royce offers value-added long-term service agreements for customers and operators.
  2. In 2008, Rolls-Royce and its partners invested £885 million on research and development, two thirds of which had the objective of further improving the environmental aspects of its products, in particular the reduction of emissions.
  3. Annual underlying revenues were £9.1 billion in 2008, of which 52 per cent came from services revenues. The firm and announced order book stood at £57.5 billion at 30 June 2009, providing visibility of future levels of activity.
  4. Air China Limited (Air China) is the national flag carrier of China and a leading provider of air passenger, air cargo and airline-related services and products in China. Its operational head office is in Beijing, a major domestic and international hub in China. It also provides airline-related services, including aircraft maintenance, ground services in Beijing, Chengdu, and other locations. As of 30 June 2009, the company operated a fleet of 243 aircraft, serving 143 destinations in 32 countries and regions. Air China was listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange and the London Stock Exchange on December 15, 2004, under codes 00753 and AIRC respectively. On August 18, 2006, Air China was listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange under code 601111. For further details, please visit Air China’s website:

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