Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines worth $1.5bn to power 25 Lufthansa aircraft

Thursday, 19 September 2013

Lufthansa has selected Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines worth $1.5bn, including TotalCare® service support, to power 25 Airbus A350-900 aircraft. The airline also has options for a further 30 of the aircraft.

The Trent XWB, the world's most efficient engine flying today, is the fastest-selling member of the Rolls-Royce Trent engine family, with more than 1,400 ordered prior to its entry into service next year.

Nico Buchholz, Executive Vice President, Lufthansa Group Fleet Management, said: "Having followed the development of the Trent XWB, we have been impressed with the performance of the engine and are pleased it will be powering our new fleet. The Trent XWB and Airbus A350 make a powerful combination, enabling us to continue to deliver the highest levels of customer service."

Eric Schulz, Rolls-Royce, President - Civil Large Engines, said: "This is a significant order for the Trent XWB from a valued customer that has continued to use new Trent technology to develop its fleet. We look forward to continuing our close relationship with Lufthansa."

The announcement continues a close relationship between Rolls-Royce and Lufthansa. Lufthansa has 60 Trent-powered Airbus A380s, A330s and A340s either in service or on order. Rolls-Royce is also a joint-venture partner with Lufthansa Technik AG in the N3 Engine Overhaul Services maintenance business.

The Trent XWB, specifically designed for the Airbus A350 XWB, powered the first test flight of the A350 XWB at Toulouse on 14 June this year.

  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 £69.2 billion at 30 June 2013, 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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