Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, has won an order worth $200m at list prices from Tunisair for Trent 700 engines to power three Airbus A330 aircraft. The order, the first time the airline has selected Trent engines, also includes a TotalCare® long-term service agreement.
Tunisair, the national carrier of Tunisia, is a scheduled and charter airline with a network that extends to the main cities of Europe, the Middle East and Africa. It ordered the aircraft in July 2008.
Tunisair Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Nabil Chettaoui said: “The Trent 700 will power our A330s which will replace A300-600 aircraft and allow Tunisair to operate new scheduled flights to North America upon delivery from Airbus in 2012.”
The Trent 700 is the only engine specifically designed for the Airbus A330 and over 1,000 are now in service or on firm order. Rolls-Royce has announced $2.2bn worth of Trent 700 orders in the last four months alone.
The engine remains the market leader for the aircraft, capturing 75 per cent of orders over the last three years. It offers outstanding levels of performance and delivers the best payload capacity.
Metin Oktay, Rolls-Royce Civil Aerospace Vice President – Africa, said: “We are delighted to welcome Tunisair as the latest in our family of Trent operators. The combination of the Trent 700 and the TotalCare® support package will deliver significant reliability and performance benefits to enhance its operations.”
Next year will mark the 50th anniversary of Tunisair starting operations of a Rolls-Royce jet engine, an Avon.