Rolls-Royce welcomes Japan Airlines order for 31 Airbus A350 XWB aircraft

Monday, 7 October 2013

Rolls-Royce today welcomed a decision by Japan Airlines to order 31 Airbus A350 XWB aircraft, which are powered by Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines.

The Trent XWB, the world’s most efficient engine flying today, will power 18 A350-900 and 13 A350-1000 aircraft.

The engine powered the A350 XWB to its first test flight in June this year at the Airbus base in Toulouse, France.

The Trent XWB engine benefits from a close partnership with Japanese partners Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI), Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), IHI Corporation, and Sumitomo Precision Products (SPP) as well as other Japanese suppliers.

  1. KHI manufactures the Intermediate Pressure Compressor (IPC) module, MHI manufactures combustion modules, low-pressure turbine blades and intermediate pressure turbine discs, IHI Corporation manufactures Intermediate Pressure Turbine (IPT) shafts, Intermediate Pressure Combustor (IPC) rear stub shafts and low pressure fan shafts and SPP designs and manufactures the heat management system
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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 £69.2 billion at 30 June 2013, providing visibility of future levels of activity.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Rolls-Royce supports a global network of 28 University Technology Centres, which connect the company’s engineers with the forefront of scientific research.
  8. The Group has a strong commitment to apprentice and graduate recruitment and to further developing employee skills.
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