Rolls-Royce double delivery for British Airways

Thursday, 4 July 2013

Rolls-Royce today powered a double delivery that will transform the future of the British Airways fleet.

Trent 900 engines brought the airline's first Airbus A380 in to land at Heathrow Airport this morning from the Airbus delivery centre in Toulouse.

It then taxied to the British Airways engineering centre nearby, to join the airline's other brand new aircraft, two Boeing 787 Dreamliners featuring Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines, delivered last week.

British Airways is the first airline in Europe to introduce both the Boeing 787 and A380 into its fleet.

Eric Schulz, Rolls-Royce, President – Civil Large Engines, said: "Today we are proud to power British Airways into a new era of passenger service. Our technology is helping to deliver better fuel efficiency and environmental performance on a new generation of aircraft operated by a valued customer."

Jacqui Sutton, Rolls-Royce, Senior Vice President – Customers, said: "Today's deliveries mark the further development of our relationship with British Airways – one which will continue to grow when we deliver Trent XWB engines for its future Airbus A350 aircraft. We are proud to be powering most of the British Airways longhaul fleet well into the middle of this century."

The Trent 900 is the customer engine of choice for the A380, selected by 11 of the 16 airlines.

The Trent 1000 has completed more than 50,000 flying hours with 99.9% dispatch reliability – a record for a widebody engine.

  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 300 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 revenue was £12.2 billion in 2012, of which more than half came from the provision of services. The firm and announced order book stood at £60.1 billion at 31 December 2012, providing visibility of future levels of activity.
  4. Rolls-Royce employs over 45,000 people in offices, manufacturing and service facilities in over 50 countries. Over 14,000 of these employees are engineers.
  5. In 2012, Rolls-Royce invested £919 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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