Rolls-Royce and Boeing launch industry-leading shared data service

Monday, 27 June 2011

Rolls-Royce and Boeing today launched a shared data service, the first of its kind in the aerospace industry. It will allow both companies to offer faster, better-informed advice to airlines, in order to maximise aircraft availability.

For the first time, data from an aircraft and the engines that power it will be combined on a single system providing customers with an efficient, integrated data source, improving an airline’s ability to manage its product health monitoring.

By integrating data from Rolls-Royce engines and Boeing airplanes, both manufacturers will offer comprehensive information and improved response time to customers. 

The service, available to airlines with both Rolls-Royce Engine Health Monitoring (EHM) and Boeing Airplane Health Management (AHM) data, will initially be available for the Trent 1000/Boeing 787 Dreamliner and the Trent 800/Boeing 777 combinations.

By year end it will also cover RB211-524/Boeing 747 and RB211-535/Boeing 757 combinations. 

Tom Palmer, Rolls-Royce Services Director – Civil Aerospace, said: “This innovative service is focused on providing airlines with better information, which will help to improve the speed and quality of decision-making and enable operators to maximise operational efficiency.”

Per Norén, Vice President of Information Services, Boeing, said: “This level of co-operation between Boeing and Rolls-Royce will greatly benefit our mutual customers. Our relationship is industry leading and supports Boeing’s continued focus on helping customers optimise performance in real-time.”

  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.
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