Rolls-Royce honours Golfing Legend and Pilot Arnold Palmer

Rolls-Royce honours Golfing Legend and Pilot Arnold Palmer

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, is pleased to honour ‘The King’ of Golf, Arnold Palmer, for his contribution to business aviation at a trophy presentation during the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) annual convention in Orlando, Florida, today.

Mr. Palmer has been an avid pilot and prominent advocate of business aviation for more than 50 years and the Arnold Palmer Regional Airport in Pennsylvania is named in his honour.

His relationship with Rolls-Royce began in 1996, when he became the first customer to take delivery of the Cessna Citation X business jet, powered by the Rolls-Royce AE 3007C engine. He then became the first operator of the Rolls-Royce AE 3007C1 engine when he upgraded to a new Citation X in 1999, an aircraft he still flies today. Throughout this time, he has used Rolls-Royce CorporateCare® service to maximise engine availability.

In recognition of Mr Palmer’s role as an ambassador for business aviation, Rolls-Royce presented him with a mounted AE3007C Citation X fan blade in a ceremony held at the Rolls-Royce stand on the first morning of the NBAA show.

Scott Shannon, Rolls-Royce, Executive Vice President, Civil Small & Medium Engines, said: “Over the past 50 years Arnold Palmer has had an immensely positive impact on both the world of golf and business aviation. He has consistently extolled the virtues of the use of private aircraft which have enabled him to enjoy a global career.

"From the outset of his relationship with Rolls-Royce, Mr. Palmer has been a CorporateCare® customer, trusting us to deliver excellence just as he has delivered excellence in golf. Rolls-Royce itself celebrates a 50th anniversary this year, recalling the debut of ‘Power-by-the-Hour’ in our engine maintenance services, so it is fitting that we honour Mr. Palmer today. We wish him continued success in all his endeavours."

Rolls-Royce is the world’s leading manufacturer of corporate aircraft engines and, through its CorporateCare® programme, operates the most comprehensive corporate aircraft engine maintenance management programme available for new and in-service Rolls-Royce BR725, BR710, Tay and AE 3007 engines.

  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 500 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 £11.3 billion in 2011, of which more than half came from the provision of services. The firm and announced order book stood at £60.1 billion at 30 June 2012, providing visibility of future levels of activity.
  4. Rolls-Royce employs over 40,000 people in offices, manufacturing and service facilities in over 50 countries. Over 11,000 of these employees are engineers.
  5. In 2011, Rolls-Royce invested £908 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.

For further information, please contact:

Bill O'Sullivan
Civil Aerospace Communications Rolls-Royce plc
Tel:+44 (0)1332 246162

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