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 TotalCare 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-Royce’s first large civil engine contract with United Airlines.
John Tague, President at United Air Lines, Inc. said: “The 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 world’s largest airlines.”
Mark King, President - Civil Aerospace, Rolls-Royce, added: “This 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 TotalCare®.”
Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines are specifically developed for the Airbus A350 XWB and have been designed to minimise the aircraft’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 today’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.