17 Nov 2013 11:00
Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has announced an order for 113Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines to power 50 new Airbus A350 XWB aircraft and two Trent 700 engines for an Airbus A330-200 freighter.
The order, unveiled
today at the Dubai Air Show 2013, includes 102 engines fitted onto the
aircraft, 13 spare engines and long-term TotalCare® support services.
Trent XWB engines will be fitted onto 40 A350-900and 10
A350-1000 aircraft, which form part of a US$ 26.9 billionAirbus order also
announced today by Etihad Airways. Delivery of the aircraft is scheduled to
commence from 2020.
President and Chief Executive Officer of Etihad Airways, said: “We have a very
successful track-record with Rolls-Royce engines, from the Trent 700 engines on
our A330s to the Trent 500 engines on our A340s, and this latest order will
further strengthen our relationship.
“The Airbus A350
XWB will play a fundamental role in the next phase of our international growth
strategy and we are confident the Trent XWB engines will deliver exceptional lifecycle
fuel-efficiency, maximise revenue potential, minimise disruption and reduce environmental impact.”
XWB engines have been specifically designed for the Airbus A350 XWB and were
used to power the A350 XWB’s first test flight in Toulouse earlier this year.
As the sixth
member of the highly successful Trent family, the Trent XWB has already emerged
as the fastest selling wide-body engine ever and will be available with a
thrust of up to 97,000lb. The Trent XWB is the most efficient engine in world
successful three-shaft architecture of Rolls-Royce engines, features include
blisks, contra-rotation, low hub-tip ratio swept fan, advanced compressor
aerodynamics, next generation clearance control and new materials technology.
Rolls-Royce, President – Aerospace, said: “This is a significant order for the
Trent XWB from a valued customer and confirms the engine’s status as the
largest-selling Trent engine, with more than 1,600 on order.
“We are delighted
that Etihad Airways will be adding to its fleet of Rolls-Royce powered aircraft
and we look forward to expanding our relationship further.”