Rolls-Royce powers 1,000th Airbus A330 delivery

Friday, 19 July 2013

Rolls-Royce Trent 700 engines today powered the delivery of the 1,000th Airbus A330 aircraft.

The aircraft was delivered to Cathay Pacific, which in 1995 became the first airline to use Trent 700 power when its first Airbus A330 entered service. Today the Cathay Pacific Group  is the largest Rolls-Royce Trent 700 customer.

Phil Harris, Rolls-Royce, Senior Vice President – Civil Large Engines, said: "We congratulate Airbus on achieving this milestone. The Trent 700 powered A330 has become one of the aerospace industry's great successes.  We are particularly pleased the 1,000th aircraft has been delivered to Cathay Pacific, a customer that continues to play an integral part in the Trent engine story."

Ivan Chu, Cathay Pacific Chief Operating Officer, said: "We are especially proud that the A330 we take delivery of today is also the 1,000th A330 to come off the Airbus production line, and that, like so many other A330s, it is powered by Rolls-Royce engines. Over the years Cathay Pacific, Airbus and Rolls-Royce have developed a special working relationship that is defined by strong partnership and support, and I am delighted this relationship will continue with the next-generation A350 XWB."

The Trent 700, the only engine specifically designed for the Airbus A330, is the largest selling Trent family member with over 1,500 in service or on firm order. The engine is the market leader on the Airbus A330 and has won 70 per cent of new orders over the last four years.

  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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