Rolls-Royce to power 20 new aircraft for Thai airways international

Thursday, 22 December 2011

Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, is to power 20 new aircraft for THAI Airways International.

Rolls-Royce Trent XWB and Trent 1000 engines will power 12 Airbus A350 XWB and eight Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft which are part of THAI's fleet modernisation programme and will further improve the airline's operational and environmental performance.

THAI President Piyasvasti Amranand said: "Our decision to add theseextremely efficient Trent engines into our fleet demonstrates our continued commitment to achieve the highest standards of environmental performance across all our operations. This commitment was recently demonstrated with our first biofuel-powered passenger flight, using Rolls-Royce Trent 800 engines."

Nick Devall, Rolls-Royce, Chief Commercial Officer – Civil Aerospace, said: "THAI is an important customer for Rolls-Royce. We are pleased to supply THAI with highly efficient engines which will help the airline achieve its environmental and operational objectives."

When these engines are delivered, THAI will be an operator of every member of the Rolls-Royce Trent engine family: the Trent 500, Trent 700, Trent 800, Trent 900 – as well as the Trent 1000 and Trent XWB.

The Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 powered the 787 Dreamliner aircraft into passenger service for the first time in October and has accumulated more than 75 per cent of the aircraft's flight test hours.

The Trent XWB, the only engine available for the A350 XWB, is the fastest selling Trent ever with more than 1,100 sold. Test results have shown the engine to be the most efficient large civil aerospace engine ever produced.

The Trent family of engines has won about 50 per cent of the widebody aircraft market with a firm order book of more than 2,400 engines, and has accumulated more than 50 million hours of service.

  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 4,000 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 £61.4 billion at 30 June 2011, 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.

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