Rolls-Royce powers first delivery of Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner to Air New Zealand

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines will tomorrow power the first delivery flight of the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, to Air New Zealand, ahead of the aircraft's entry into service.

The delivery flight marks a new era in the relationship between Air New Zealand and Rolls-Royce. The airline was the first to order Trent 1000 engines, for 10 Boeing 787-9s, in 2004.

Christopher Luxon, Air New Zealand, Chief Executive Officer, said: "We look forward to operating the first commercial flight of the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner in October, powered by these highly efficient Rolls-Royce engines. The Trent 1000-powered 787-9 will help us transform our wide body fleet and deliver a consistently high standard of customer service across our long haul network.  As the airline nears its 75th anniversary, it's great to reflect on the fact Rolls-Royce has powered our aircraft with six different engine types, including the Trent 1000, throughout that time."

Dominic Horwood, Rolls-Royce, Chief Customer Officer - Civil Large Engines, said: "We congratulate Air New Zealand and Boeing on this important milestone and are committed to   supporting the aircraft's entry into service with Trent 1000 engines that are already delivering excellent economics and the best reliability performance for Boeing 787 operators."

The flight marks another first for the Trent 1000. It powered the very first Boeing 787 test flight in December 2009, the first 787-8 to enter service in October 2011, and the first test flight of the 787-9 in September last year.

Trent 1000s have now completed more than 300,000 in-service flying hours with an engine dispatch reliability of better than 99.9%.

Rolls-Royce continues to improve engine efficiency - the Trent 1000-TEN (Thrust, Efficiency and New technology) recently ran for the first time. Available for service from 2016, the Trent 1000-TEN, which incorporates new technologies from the Trent XWB engine, will be able to power all variants of the 787.

About Rolls-Royce Holdings plc

  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

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