Rolls-Royce congratulates Lufthansa and Airbus on A380 delivery

Wednesday, 19 May 2010

Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, today congratulated German flag-carrier Lufthansa on the delivery of its first Airbus A380 aircraft.

The aircraft is the first of 15 that Lufthansa has ordered – all powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engines.

The engine, chosen by nine of 14 operators that have selected the A380, is designed to minimise environmental impact. Advances in fan design and combustor efficiency have cut fuel consumption, NOx and CO2 by more than 10 per cent compared with less powerful engines in service 20 years ago.

The Trent 900 also allows the A380 to carry three times more passengers than widebody aircraft of 20 years ago, with half of the noise footprint.

Mark King, Rolls-Royce President – Civil Aerospace, said: “We are proud to provide our Trent technology to Lufthansa’s A380 fleet and congratulate both the airline and Airbus on today’s delivery milestone. Today we have more than 150 Trent engines in the Lufthansa fleet and look forward to supporting the airline as it continues to improve its service with the introduction of A380 aircraft.”

The relationship between Rolls-Royce and Lufthansa dates back more than 80 years to the days of the Rolls-Royce Eagle engine. The N3 Engine Overhaul Services joint venture between Rolls-Royce and Lufthansa Technik continues this successful partnership. Opened in 2007 in Arnstadt, Germany, it services Rolls-Royce Trent engines that power the Airbus A330, A340 and A380 aircraft.

  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.
  2. As a result of this strategy, Rolls-Royce today has a broad customer base comprising 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 an installed base of 54,000 gas turbines.
  3. Rolls-Royce employs over 38,000 skilled people in offices, manufacturing and service facilities in 50 countries. At its German sites, Dahlewitz near Berlin and Oberursel near Frankfurt/Main, Rolls-Royce employs around 3,000 people. The Group has a strong commitment to apprentice and graduate recruitment, and to further developing employee skills. 
  4. In 2009, Rolls-Royce invested £864 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.
  5. Annual underlying revenues were £10.1 billion in 2009, of which about half came from services revenues. The firm and announced order book stood at £58.3 billion at 31 December 2009, providing visibility of future levels of activity.

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