Rolls-Royce expands RR300 global reach through exclusive distribution agreement with AAR
Wednesday, 23 September 2009
Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, has signed an exclusive distribution agreement with AAR, expanding the global reach for aftermarket supply of RR300 parts and services.
Ken Roberts, President of the Rolls-Royce Helicopter Engine business said: “With the turn-key solution AAR will provide, RR300 operators will have 24/7 access to parts and services critical for their day to day operations. As the Rolls-Royce Helicopter business continues to grow, meeting the needs of our customers around the world remains a top priority.”
David N. Perri, Vice President and General Manager at AAR said: “We look forward to offering a fully integrated supply chain solution for the RR300 program as Rolls-Royce seeks to expand and support its civil engine platforms. Our goal is to provide Rolls-Royce customers with a global parts and support network that allows the customer to focus on maintaining and flying their helicopters with the RR300 engine while AAR ensures that parts and customer service are always available.”
The engine, launched in 2007, has been selected by Robinson Helicopter Company to power the R66 five-seater helicopter and by Rotorway International to power the RotorWay Eagle 300T turbine twin-seat helicopter. It is one of six new civil engine programs Rolls-Royce has launched in three years. Key attributes of the RR300 include: low acquisition and operating costs; low-weight, compact design; improved specific fuel consumption; an embedded engine monitoring system; and ability to burn a variety of available jet fuels.
AAR is a leading provider of products and value-added services to the worldwide aerospace and defense industry. With facilities and sales locations around the world, AAR uses its close-to-the-customer business model to serve aviation and defense customers through four operating segments: Aviation Supply Chain; Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul; Structures and Systems; and Aircraft Sales and Leasing. More information can be found at www.aarcorp.com.
- Rolls-Royce is the world-leading producer of light turbine engines in the helicopter market. The M250 line has produced 30,000 engines, more than half of which are still in service with approximately 4,500 operators in 150 nations. The M250 family has accumulated over 195 million flight hours, providing an unmatched level of expertise in every conceivable operational condition.
- Rolls-Royce turboshaft and turboprop engines provide power in the 300 shp to more than 6,000 shp range, powering over 200 aircraft models to date including the O&N Silver Eagle P210; AgustaWestland Super Lynx; Lockheed Martin C-130J; Saab 2000 and the Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey. This creates a broad base of market opportunities for both rotary and fixed-winged aircraft.
- Rolls-Royce, a world-leading provider of power systems and services for use on land, at sea and in the air, has established strong positions in its four global markets - civil aerospace, defense aerospace, marine and energy.
- The company has a broad customer base including 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. With facilities in 50 countries, Rolls-Royce employs more than 38,000 people worldwide 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.
- In 2008, Rolls-Royce and its partners invested $1.4 billion in 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.