The first Trent 700-powered Airbus A330 entered into Avianca's fleet today, marking the entry of the first new Rolls-Royce Trent in Latin America.
Avianca's newest fleet will consist of ten Rolls-Royce Trent 700-powered A330s, as announced last year at the Paris Air Show. All the engines are supported by Rolls-Royce under a 10-year TotalCare(tm) service agreement.
Rolls-Royce joined Avianca, along with Airbus, at a ceremony marking the inaugural event today at the airline's headquarters in Bogotá, Colombia, following the handover delivery held earlier this week in Toulouse, France.
Fabio Villegas, President of Avianca, stated: "For Avianca, it is very important that its Airbus A330 fleet is equipped with Rolls-Royce Trent 772B engines. These engines have cutting-edge technology with optimal performance in high and warm altitudes like Bogota's Eldorado airport, lower fuel consumption and reduced CO2 emissions, complying with the standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organization."
Also speaking at the ceremony, Peter Turner, Vice President of Customer Business at Rolls-Royce said: "The arrival of the first new Trent in Latin America further demonstrates the Trent 700 is the clear engine choice on the A330 for fast-growing aviation markets. Today is a significant milestone for Avianca and Rolls-Royce and we look forward to building on our strong relationships we have in place today, well into the future."
The aircraft will operate out of Bogotá and provide services to the Americas and Europe. The Rolls-Royce Trent 700 is the ideal powerplant for these medium and long-haul routes operating out of high altitude and high temperature airports.
Using the latest technology, the Trent 700 is the quietest of any engine available on the A330 and optimized for greater fuel efficiency and payload performance making it the perfect choice for Avianca as it advances its fleet capabilities. With TotalCare, engines are managed and maintained by the original equipment manufacturer, allowing Avianca to focus on what is most important - its customers.
The Trent 700 is the market leader on the A330 with a 52 percent share of firm orders. The engine is the most powerful available for the A330, and offers the lowest cumulative emissions and the greatest margin to Chapter 4 noise rules, thanks to the incorporation of latest technologies.