United Airlines selects Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines to power new fleet in $2 billion deal
Rolls-Royce has been selected by United Airlines to power its new fleet of Airbus A350 XWB aircraft. The contract, for 25 Airbus A350 XWB plus TotalCareÂ® long-term service support, is worth $2 billion at engine list prices. The aircraft are due to be delivered between 2016 and 2019. In addition, the airline has also announced future purchase rights for a further 50 aircraft.This agreement is Rolls-Royceâ€™s first large civil engine contract with United Airlines.
John Tague, President at United Air Lines, Inc. said: â€œThe Rolls-Royce Trent XWB offers the power and economical efficiency we expect from the A350 XWB while providing the performance and reliability our customers expect from one of the worldâ€™s largest airlines.â€
Mark King, President – Civil Aerospace, Rolls-Royce, added: â€œThis represents a significant endorsement of our Trent XWB technology and its operational advantage. We are delighted that United Airlines has put its trust in the long-term performance advantages of Trent technology and TotalCareÂ®.â€
The Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engine has been specifically developed for the Airbus A350 XWB andÂ designed to minimise the aircraftâ€™s overall environmental impact. It is the most fuel efficient and environmentally sensitive large engine design on the market, with fuel efficiency ratings 28 per cent higher than pre-Trent generation engines.
With todayâ€™s announcement, firm orders for the Trent XWB engine total more than 1000 from 33 customers. The engine will enter into service in 2013, with current orders extending beyond 2020.
Source: Rolls Royce