Rolls-Royce demonstrates technology leadership in Paris

Thursday, 23 June 2011

World-leading technology developed by Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, was one of the highlights of this week’s Paris Airshow, where the Group launched the latest member of the Trent family and won significant new orders.

Rolls-Royce confirmed development of an enhanced Trent XWB engine, capable of delivering 97,000lbs of thrust, for the enhanced Airbus A350-1000, while also securing orders of $2.9 billion from customers in South America, the Middle East and Asia.

The Trent XWB continued its strong success with a $2.2bn order from TAM Airlines for engines to power 27 Airbus A350-XWBs, along with TotalCare® long-term support services.

The Trent XWB is the world’s most advanced civil aircraft engine and the Group’s fastest selling, having already won orders for over 1,100 engines. Responding to customer demand, this higher thrust variant will deliver increased range and capacity for the aircraft.

In another significant milestone, the Group received certification from the Japanese Civil Aviation Bureau for the cutting edge Trent 1000, which will power the Boeing 787 Dreamliner’s entry into service with All Nippon Airways later this year. The Trent 1000 is the most efficient engine on the 787 Dreamliner. It offers the lowest fuel consumption, noise and weight and will help the aircraft to reduce CO2 emissions by 20 per cent, when compared to previous generation aircraft.

Rolls-Royce also announced a contract to supply Enhanced Performance (EP) kits to Etihad, which will improve the efficiency of the market-leading Trent-700 engine. EP kits enhance engine performance by more than 1 per cent, and will reduce Etihad’s annual CO2 emissions by up to 24,000 tonnes when applied to 30 of their Airbus A330’s. The $360m agreement also includes provision of TotalCare support.

The Group highlighted its commitment to introduce new technologies into existing engine lines with the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement with Lockheed Martin. The agreement covers the provision of engine enhancements for T56 engines, used by a range of military operators on C-130 Hercules and P-3 Orion fleets. These improvements can deliver a 9 per cent reduction in fuel consumption and have a significant impact on emissions.

Rolls-Royce is a senior partner in International Aero Engines, which received orders for V2500 engines, worth $310m to Rolls-Royce.

  1. Rolls-Royce is a world-leading provider of power systems and services for use on land, at sea and in the air, and has established a strong position in global markets - civil aerospace, defence aerospace, marine and energy.
  2. As a result of this strategy, Rolls-Royce has a broad customer base comprising more than 500 airlines, 4,000 corporate and utility aircraft and helicopter operators, 160 armed forces, more than 2,500 marine customers, including 70 navies, and energy customers in nearly 120 countries, with an installed base of 54,000 gas turbines.
  3. Annual underlying revenues were £10.8 billion in 2010, of which more than half came from the provision of services. The firm and announced order book stood at £59.2 billion at 31 December 2010, providing visibility of future levels of activity.
  4. Rolls-Royce employs over 39,000 skilled people in offices, manufacturing and service facilities in over 50 countries. Over 11,000 of these employees are engineers.
  5. In 2010, Rolls-Royce invested £923 million on research and development, two thirds of which had the objective of further improving the environmental performance of its products, in particular reducing emissions.
  6. Rolls-Royce supports a global network of 28 University Technology Centres, which connect the company’s engineers with the forefront of scientific research.
  7. The Group has a strong commitment to apprentice and graduate recruitment and to further developing employee skills.
  8. Rolls-Royce is a market leader in modern wide-body aircraft, with a family of six Trent engines covering all major platforms. The Group has achieved a 50 per cent market share in the wide-body market, with 1,790 Trent engines in service and more than 2,400 on order.
  9. The Trent XWB is the most advanced civil turbo fan engine in the world and the fastest selling Trent ever. Orders are in place for 574 aircraft, from 36 customers.

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