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.

The Rolls-Royce 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.

James Hogan, 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.”

Rolls-Royce Trent 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 flying today.

Using the 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.

Tony Wood, 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.”

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