Rolls-Royce wins $230M share of Qatar Airways order

Monday, 15 June 2009

Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, has won a $230m share of an order from Qatar Airways for V2500 engines to power a total of 20 Airbus A320 and four A321 aircraft. The contract includes a long-term service agreement.

The V2500 is produced by the International Aero Engines consortium (IAE) in which Rolls-Royce is a senior shareholder. IAE’s other partners are Pratt & Whitney, the Japanese Aero Engines Corporation and MTU Aero Engines.

Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said: “We have a reputation for selecting only the best for our airline and we know from experience that the V2500 is the superior technology engine for the A320 family. It is the most reliable option in the harsh conditions we operate in. The V2500 SelectOne™ upgrade also offers us the lowest fuel burn and a corresponding reduction in emissions.”

The 22,000 – 33,000lb thrust V2500 powers the Airbus A319, A320 and A321 family of aircraft as well as the Airbus Corporate Jetliner. More than 5,500 V2500 engines are in service or on firm order worldwide.

Qatar Airways already operates 21 A320 family aircraft, including two Airbus Corporate Jetliners, equipped with the V2500.

  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 the 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 has the objective of further improving the environmental aspects of its products, in particular the reduction of noise and emissions.
  3. Annual sales were £9.1 billion in 2008, of which 52 per cent came from services revenues. The firm and announced order book at the end of 2008 stood at £55.5 billion, providing visibility of future levels of activity.

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