Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, has won a $130m share of an order from China Southern Airlines for V2500 engines to power 20 Airbus A320 aircraft. The order includes a long-term services agreement.
Deliveries of the aircraft, already on order, are scheduled to start in 2011. The China Southern airline group is one of the largest operators of the V2500, with 136 aircraft in service.
The V2500 is produced by the International Aero Engines consortium (IAE) in which Rolls-Royce is a senior shareholder. IAE’s other partners are Pratt & Whitney, the Japanese Aero Engines Corporation and MTU Aero Engines.
The 22,000 - 33,000lb thrust V2500 powers the Airbus A319, A320 and A321 family of aircraft as well as the A319 Corporate Jet. More than 5,500 V2500 engines are in service or on firm order worldwide.