Rolls-Royce welcomes IAG order for eight A350 XWB aircraft

Friday, 1 August 2014

Rolls-Royce has welcomed a decision by International Airlines Group (IAG) to convert eight Airbus A350-900 options into firm orders, powered by Trent XWB engines. The engines will have long-term TotalCare® service support.

The A350-900 aircraft will go into service with IAG's Spanish airline Iberia, which will become a new operator of the Trent XWB.

In April 2013, IAG ordered 18 A350-1000 aircraft with TotalCare support to be operated by British Airways. The A350-1000 is powered exclusively by the higher-thrust Trent XWB-97 engine.

Eric Schulz, Rolls-Royce, President - Civil Large Engines, said: "IAG is a valued customer, with two airlines operating Trent engines. The performance of the Trent XWB, with TotalCare support, will maximise aircraft availability."

The Trent XWB is the world's most efficient large civil aero engine and the fastest-selling Trent engine ever, with more than 1,400 already sold. It will power the first A350 XWB aircraft into service later this year.

Notes to Editors:

  1. Rolls-Royce's vision is to create better power for a changing world via two main business segments, Aerospace and Marine & Industrial Power Systems (MIPS). These business segments address markets with two strong technology platforms, gas turbines and reciprocating engines, for use on land, at sea and in the air.
  2. Aerospace comprises Civil Aerospace and Defence Aerospace. MIPS comprises Marine, Energy & Nuclear and Power Systems (RRPS). On 7 March 2014, Daimler announced their intention to exercise their option to sell their 50% share in RRPS to Rolls-Royce Holdings plc. On 16 April 2014, the valuation was agreed and the transaction is expected to complete within the coming months, subject to the usual regulatory approvals. On 6 May 2014 Rolls-Royce announced it had signed an agreement to sell its Energy gas turbine and compressor business to Siemens for a £785m cash consideration. On completion, expected before the end of December 2014,
    Rolls-Royce will receive a further £200 million for a 25 year licensing agreement.
  3. Rolls-Royce has customers in more than 120 countries, comprising more than 380 airlines and leasing customers, 160 armed forces, 4,000 marine customers, including 70 navies, and 1,600 energy and nuclear customers.
  4. Our business is focused on the 4Cs:
    • Customer - placing the customer at the heart of our business
    • Concentration - deciding where to grow and where not to
    • Cost - continually looking to increase efficiency
    • Cash - improving financial performance.
  5. Annual underlying revenue was £15.5 billion in 2013, around half of which came from the provision of aftermarket services. The firm and announced order book stood at £71.6 billion at 31 December 2013.
  6. In 2013, Rolls-Royce invested £1.1 billion on research and development. We also support a global network of 31 University Technology Centres, which position Rolls-Royce engineers with the forefront of scientific research.
  7. Rolls-Royce employs over 55,000 people in 45 countries. Over 17,000 of these are engineers.
  8. The Group has a strong commitment to apprentice and graduate recruitment and to further developing employee skills. In 2013 we employed 379 graduates and 288 apprentices through our worldwide training programmes.

For further information, please contact:

Bill O'Sullivan
Civil Aerospace Communications
Rolls-Royce plc
Tel 44 1332 246162
Email bill.osullivan@rolls-royce.com

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