CHANTILLY, VA., September 26 /CNW/ - Rolls-Royce and Avianca celebrated
the selection of Trent engines to power up to 30 widebody jets from Airbus and
Boeing in a ceremony this evening in Bogota, Colombia. The order - the first
for the Trent in Latin America - was announced during the Paris Air Show and
consists of Trent 1000 engines for ten firm plus ten option Boeing 787s, and
Trent 700s to power ten firm A330s. The potential value of the contract to
Rolls-Royce is $1.1 billion at catalogue prices. In addition, all the engines
will be supported by Rolls-Royce under a 10-year TotalCare service agreement.
Avianca's President, Fabio Villegas, said: "Our evaluation proved the
Trent solution was ideal for our operations. Reliability and payload
performance were key factors in our choice of the Trent 700 for our A330s, and
while incorporating latest technologies, the new Trent 1000 retains strong
family characteristics which make it the best option for our 787s."
Peter Turner, Vice-President of Customer Business at Rolls-Royce
commented: "Rolls-Royce is both proud and delighted to extend its
long-standing relationship with Avianca through this decision. Avianca's
selection of the Trent engine for its entire fleet of widebody aircraft stands
testament to the design commonality which runs through the engine series. The
Trent engine will provide Avianca excellent performance and reliability and,
coupled with the assurances provided through our TotalCare program,
Rolls-Royce is committed to provide Avianca with excellence in support."
The Trent 1000 is the launch engine for all versions of the 787
Dreamliner, which enters service in 2008. The engine has, like all Trents
before, achieved on-time certification from the airworthiness authorities.
This covers all variants of the 787 and the Trent continues to set the pace on
the 787 programme - first engine to run and first engine to be certified.
The Trent 700 is the market leader on the A330 with a 47 per cent share
of orders. The engine is the most powerful available for the A330, and will
have improved fuel efficiency thanks to the incorporation of latest
technologies from the Trent 1000.
NOTE TO EDITORS:
1. Avianca, the first airline founded in the Americas, is part of the
Synergy Group, which also has economic interests in Brazil's Oceanair, and
Ecuador's Vipsa. With more than six thousand (6,000) direct employees and a
fleet of 51 short, middle and long haul aircraft, Avianca directly operates to
20 destinations in Colombia and 19 cities in America and Europe. From its
Bogota hub, it offers an average of 300 flights a day among destinations in
Colombia and abroad. Travellers have a wide range of choices for connections
among directly operated destinations, or through 170 interline or code-share
agreements with major international airlines. Besides offering air
transportation to passengers, Avianca also offers tourist services, cargo,
courier as well as air transportation services to third parties through its
business units Deskubra, Deprisa and Avianca Services. For more information,
2. Rolls-Royce is present throughout Latin America, where the Rolls-Royce
Brazil aftermarket centre at Sao Paulo in Brazil has served the region since
it was established more than 50 years ago.
3. It has supplied more than 2,000 AE3007 engines to Embraer for the ERJ
145 series of regional aircraft and Embraer also built the Rolls-Royce powered
AMX aircraft for the Brazilian air force.
4. In the energy sector, particularly oil and gas, Rolls-Royce is a major
supplier to Petrobras.
5. Rolls-Royce is continually improving the environmental impact of its
products. Each year Rolls-Royce, in collaboration with its partners, invests
around GBP 700 million on research and development, two thirds of which has
the objective of reducing the environmental impact of its products. This
technology investment is primarily aimed at reducing noise and emissions.
6. 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. TotalCare can remove uncertainties from engine management and
improve operational reliability for operators through a mutually aligned
For further information:
For further information: Rolls-Royce plc Annalie Brown Communications
Manager - Civil Aerospace Tel: +44 (0)1332 248704 Fax: +44 (0)1332 265940