Rolls-Royce signs new TotalCare® service contract with Sichuan Airlines

Tuesday, 20 July 2010

Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, has signed a twelve-year TotalCare® service agreement with Sichuan Airlines. The contract, valued at US$65 million, covers support for Trent 700 engines which power Sichuan Airlines three Airbus A330 widebody aircraft.  Deliveries of these aircraft, the first widebodies in the airlines fleet, commenced in February 2010.

This year marks the tenth anniversary of Sichuan Airlines as a Rolls-Royce TotalCare® customer. Since 2000, Sichuan Airlines’ ERJ-145 regional aircraft fleet, powered by the Rolls-Royce AE3007 engine, has been supported by TotalCare. Sichuan Airlines was also the first Chinese customer to have chosen TotalCare® to service its AE3007 engines.

Steve Miller, Rolls-Royce, Vice President - Civil Aerospace – China, said: “We are delighted that Sichuan Airlines have again put their trust in our technology and we are pleased to continue to provide a service that is tailored to the needs of our valued customer.”

Sichuan Airlines President Li Haiying said: “We have enjoyed Rolls-Royce’s TotalCare® service for our regional aircraft fleet for 10 years. It is now time to expand TotalCare® coverage to our A330 widebody fleet, in order to maximise the efficiency, flexibility and reliability of our flight operations.”

Rolls-Royce, and its associated companies, now power more than 500 aircraft across twelve different Chinese airline cusomters, including those in Hong Kong, and Macao.  In China, a total of nine airlines have chosen Rolls-Royce TotalCare® long term support service.

Sichuan Airlines is also a long-standing customer of International Aero Engines (IAE), a consortium in which Rolls-Royce is a leading shareholder. The Sichuan Airlines fleet includes the first Airbus A320 assembled in China at the final assembly line in Tianjin, powered by the IAE 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.
  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 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 £58.3 billion at 31 December 2009, providing visibility of future levels of activity.


About Rolls-Royce in China

  1. Rolls-Royce has been building a strong presence in the civil aerospace, marine and energy markets in China for more than 45 years. Together with its associate company International Aero Engines (IAE), Rolls-Royce powers more than 500 aircraft across twelve different Chinese airlines, including Hong Kong, and Macao.
  2. The Rolls-Royce marine business experienced strong growth in providing system solutions to China since the 1970s. In 2005, Rolls-Royce established its 6,000 square meter manufacturing facility in Nanhui industrial zone in Shanghai. The facility employs a 200-strong workforce, including a growing team of service engineers. Shanghai is also home to the North East Asia headquarters for the Rolls-Royce marine business.
  3. Rolls-Royce also has a successful turbine component joint venture in Xi’an, and is growing its component and materials purchasing in China.


About Sichuan Airlines

Sichuan Airlines is headquartered in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, with hubs also located in Chongqing and Kunming. In 1995, it became the first Chinese airline to operate the A320. The airline currently operates a fleet of more than 52 aircraft. This include 47 IAE V2500 powered A320 family aircraft, five Rolls-Royce AE3007 powered Embraer ERJ-145s with 26 more A320 on order, and three A330s whose delivery started in February 2010.

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