Rolls-Royce announces engine for A330 Regional

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Rolls-Royce today announced the latest version of its market-leading Trent 700, the Trent 700 Regional, will power the recently announced Airbus A330 Regional aircraft.

The engine was confirmed at the Rolls-Royce customer symposium in China, which along with South East Asia, will be a key market for the aircraft.

The Trent 700, the only engine specifically designed for the A330, delivers the best fuel burn, emissions and noise performance, resulting in market leadership on the aircraft with 70 per cent of new orders over the last four years.

It currently powers 70 per cent of A330 regional operations and every A330 operator in mainland China has selected the engine.

The superior attributes of the Trent 700 Regional, optimised specifically for the A330 Regional, save operators $1m per aircraft per year compared to competitor engines.

The engine features reduced thrust tailored to aircraft regional operations, providing lower maintenance costs and longer time on wing. By providing the right amount of thrust at the right time, engine part life is extended and maintenance costs significantly reduced.

In "hot, high and severe" environments the Trent 700 has already consistently proven itself to have the best time on wing performance, up to double that of its nearest competitor. This advantage was a key element in the recent order from Qatar Airways to power five A330 freighters - won in competition with the airline’s previous A330 engine supplier.

Eric Schulz, Rolls-Royce, President - Civil Large Engines, said: "We are excited about this opportunity and are ready to support the new Airbus A330 Regional programme with an optimised version of our market-leading Trent 700 engine. Our performance advantages have given us a market-leading position on the A330 and we look forward to this latest phase in its development."

Tom Palmer, Rolls-Royce - Trent 700 Programme Director, said: "Trent 700 Regional engines will also incorporate the latest performance upgrades - an "EP2" (second enhanced performance) package, available from 2015, will deliver a further one per cent improvement, saving over 60,000 US gallons of fuel per aircraft per year."

  1. The Trent 700 is the most popular Rolls-Royce engine type in service on wide-body aircraft, powering more than 530 A330 aircraft with 58 operators. More than 1,400 engines are either in service or on order.
  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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