Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, has signed a twelve-year TotalCareâ service agreement with Sichuan Airlines. The contract, valued at US$65 million, covers support for Trent 700 engines which power Sichuan Airlines three Airbus A330 widebody aircraft. Deliveries of these aircraft, the first widebodies in the airlines fleet, commenced in February 2010.
This year marks the tenth anniversary of Sichuan Airlines as a Rolls-Royce TotalCare customer. Since 2000, Sichuan Airlines’ ERJ-145 regional aircraft fleet, powered by the Rolls-Royce AE3007 engine, has been supported by TotalCare. Sichuan Airlines was also the first Chinese customer to have chosen TotalCare to service its AE3007 engines.
Steve Miller, Rolls-Royce, Vice President - Civil Aerospace – China, said: “We are delighted that Sichuan Airlines have again put their trust in our technology and we are pleased to continue to provide a service that is tailored to the needs of our valued customer.”
Sichuan Airlines President Li Haiying said: “We have enjoyed Rolls-Royce’s TotalCare service for our regional aircraft fleet for 10 years. It is now time to expand TotalCare coverage to our A330 widebody fleet, in order to maximise the efficiency, flexibility and reliability of our flight operations.”
Rolls-Royce, and its associated companies, now power more than 500 aircraft across twelve different Chinese airline cusomters, including those in Hong Kong, and Macao. In China, a total of nine airlines have chosen Rolls-Royce TotalCare long term support service.
Sichuan Airlines is also a long-standing customer of International Aero Engines (IAE), a consortium in which Rolls-Royce is a leading shareholder. The Sichuan Airlines fleet includes the first Airbus A320 assembled in China at the final assembly line in Tianjin, powered by the IAE V2500.