Statement Re: Qantas QF32

Thursday, 4 November 2010

Since Qantas QF32 suffered an engine failure and returned safely to Singapore Changi Airport we have been working closely with Airbus, our customers and the authorities.  In situations like these Rolls-Royce has well established processes to collect and understand information relating to the event and to determine suitable actions.

As always the safe operation of our products is our number one priority.

The Group feels that it is prudent to recommend that a number of precautionary engine checks are performed to ensure continuous safe operation of the fleet. This process is now underway and coordinated with Airbus.

We continue to work closely with our customers as the investigation moves forward.  This is at a very early stage and it would be inappropriate to draw any conclusions at this time.

  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 39,000 skilled people in offices, manufacturing and service facilities in 50 countries. 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 £58.4 billion at 30 June 2010, providing visibility of future levels of activity.

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