Rolls-Royce engine technology drives Farnborough success

Friday, 13 July 2012

Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company secured significant orders for engines and services from airlines at the Farnborough Air Show. The Group also announced enhancements for its Trent 700 and Trent 1000 engines that will offer even greater fuel efficiency for customers, and a major new defence support contract.

Rolls-Royce unveiled the Trent 1000-TEN, an advanced version of the engine that powers the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Incorporating proven next generation technology from the Trent XWB, it will deliver an improvement of up to 3% in specific fuel consumption when it enters service in 2016.

Technology insertion will also deliver performance enhancements to the Trent 700 that powers the Airbus A330, further increasing the fuel efficiency of the engine by at least one per cent. These are expected to enter service from 2015. Improvements will also be available for retrofit .

Cathay Pacific selected the Trent XWB-1000 to power 10 Airbus A350-1000 aircraft and converted 16 existing orders for A350-900s to A350-1000s.The Trent XWB is the most efficient large civil aircraft engine on offer in the world and the new higher-thrust variant will deliver 97,000lb maximum thrust, offering increased range and capacity.

The market leading Trent 700 continued its impressive sales performance this week with orders to power Airbus A330 aircraft received from Garuda Indonesia Airlines, Synergy Aerospace and Avianca. 

The Defence business continues to win new contracts for its innovative services with the US Army selecting MissionCare® to support the M250s that power its Kiowa Scout Helicopters. Delivery of the first two production M250 engines for Grob’s new G120TP trainer was also announced.

A number of airline customers also chose to enhance or extend support contracts, including Malaysia Airlines which signed a TotalCare® agreement to cover Trent 900s powering its fleet of Airbus A380s. British Airways enhanced its TotalCare® package to include nacelle maintenance for Trent 900s and Trent 1000s which will power its new fleet of A380s and 787s respectively.

As a means of enthusing and engaging young people about potential careers in science and engineering, Rolls-Royce unveiled the first ever jet engine made entirely out of Lego in the Innovation Zone. The unique Lego structure, a half scale replica of a Trent 1000, shows the complex inner workings of a jet engine and took four people eight weeks to complete.

Details and Values of Orders announced at the Farnborough Air Show
CustomerRegionAnnouncementEngineValue
US ArmyNorth AmericaRolls-Royce receives $183 million service contract for US Army Kiowa Warrior enginesM250$183m
Malaysia AirlinesAsiaMalaysia Airlines selects Rolls-Royce TotalCare for A380 fleetTrent 900Not disclosed
AviancaTacaSouth AmericaRolls-Royce wins $280m Trent orders from AviancatacaTrent 700$280m
Garuda Indonesian AirlinesAsiaRolls-Royce wins Trent 700 engine order from Garuda IndonesiaTrent 700Not disclosed
British AirwaysUKRolls-Royce launches enhanced TotalCare nacelle maintenance services for British AirwaysTrent 900, Trent 1000Not disclosed
Cathay PacificAsiaCathay Pacific Airways selects Rolls-Royce Trent XWB enginesTrent XWBNot disclosed
SynergySouth AmericaRolls-Royce and Synergy Group sign $630m Trent 700 agreementTrent 700$630m
  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 more than 80 countries.
  3. Annual underlying revenues were £11.3 billion in 2011, of which more than half came from the provision of services. The firm and announced order book stood at £62.2 billion at 31 December 2011, providing visibility of future levels of activity.
  4. Rolls-Royce employs over 40,000 people in offices, manufacturing and service facilities in over 50 countries. Over 11,000 of these employees are engineers.
  5. In 2011, Rolls-Royce invested £908 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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