Azul Brazilian Airlines today became a new Rolls-Royce customer with the announcement that it is to operate 11 Trent-powered Airbus aircraft. The airline has also signed an agreement worth $400m for TotalCare® engine service support.
Azul, formed in 2008, will operate six Airbus A330-200 and five Airbus A350-900 XWB aircraft powered by Trent 700 and Trent XWB engines respectively. The Airbus A350 aircraft will be leased from ILFC.
David Neeleman, Azul, Chief Executive Officer, said: "The announcement of our first widebody aircraft marks a new era in the history of our airline and we are pleased the aircraft will be Rolls-Royce powered."
Bruce Blythe, Rolls-Royce, Senior Vice President - Customers, Civil Large Engines, said: "We are proud to be part of the Azul story and delighted that it has put its trust in Trent engines to power its widebody fleet. Our TotalCare support will help Azul to maximise aircraft availability and manage maintenance costs. We look forward to supporting the airline's continued expansion for many years to come."
The Trent 700, the only engine specifically designed for the A330, delivers the best fuel burn, emissions and noise performance on the aircraft. The engine is the market leader on the A330 with almost 70 per cent of new orders over the last three years. More than 1,500 Trent 700s are either in service or on order.
The Trent XWB, the world's most efficient aero engine and specifically designed for the A350 XWB, is the largest-selling Trent engine ever, with more than 1,600 already sold.