China Airlines signs for Trent XWBs and TotalCare®
Rolls-Royce and Taiwan’s China Airlines have signed a contract for Trent XWB engines to power a fleet of 14 firm and 6 option Airbus A350 XWB twinjets. The potential value of the business, which includes a long-term TotalCare® services agreement, is US$1.3 billion at engine list prices. Deliveries begin in 2015.
Selection of the engines was announced in December 2007 following the signing of a Letter of Intent between the airline and Airbus. It is the first time Rolls-Royce has been chosen as an engine supplier by China Airlines and marks the debut of the Trent series in Taiwan.
Announced orders for the programme, including spare engines, total over 800 Trent XWBs with 13 customers.
The Trent XWB is available in a range of thrusts from 74,000 to 92,000 lb, and a single engine type will power all versions of the A350 XWB.
Final engine configuration and selection of technologies for the Trent XWB are scheduled to be completed by mid-2008 leading to the start of ground-testing in 2010. A flying test bed programme will begin the following year, followed by airworthiness certification and first flight on the A350 XWB in 2012.
By the time the Trent XWB enters service, Trent series engines will have accumulated more than 75 million flying hours.
TotalCare, tailored for individual operators, offers a range of services from Rolls-Royce covering all aspects of asset management in support of its civil aerospace products. Building on the company’s knowledge, experience and infrastructure, these services include elements such as predictive maintenance, logistics management and global repair and overhaul offerings.
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