Rolls-Royce and Hispano-Suiza (Safran) Bolster Relationship on Trent XWB Engine

Rolls-Royce and Hispano-Suiza (Safran) have bolstered their relationship on the Trent XWB aircraft engine by signing a contract for the supply of the accessory drive train (ADT) and oil tank on the Trent XWB-97 engine (97,000 lb of thrust) that will power three versions of the upcoming Airbus A350: the A350-1000, A350-900R (ultra-long-range) and A350-900F (Freighter).

Following Hispano-Suiza's initial selection in 2008 to supply the ADT transmission system on the Trent XWB-84 (84,000 lb of thrust) powering the A350-900, this latest contract cements the two companies' collaboration on the best-selling engine in the history of the Trent family.

The accessory drive train for Rolls-Royce’s Trent XWB, wholly designed, developed and produced by Hispano-Suiza, is a high-tech system which allows double the power tapped by systems on current widebody jetliners. It also features the latest innovations in manufacturing processes and supply chain management. With this solution, Rolls-Royce and Hispano-Suiza can meet the propulsion system challenge for the Airbus A350 XWB.

According to Christian Stephenson, Rolls-Royce Director Partnerships and Purchasing, "This latest contract reflects our two companies' commitment to expanding our collaboration for the benefit of our customers."

Hélène Moreau-Leroy, Chairman and CEO of Hispano-Suiza, added, "This new step highlights the close relationship between our teams and confirms our commitment to strengthening our partnership on ADTs for future programmes, via the joint venture project between Rolls-Royce and Hispano-Suiza."

Hispano-Suiza and Rolls-Royce have been teaming up for nearly 30 years now on the Trent family of engines (Trent 500 for the A340-500/600, Trent 700 for the A330 and Trent 800 for the Boeing 777) and the BR700 family of business jet engines.

Rolls-Royce’s vision is to create better power for a changing world via two main business segments, Aerospace and Marine & Industrial Power Systems (MIPS). These businesses address their markets with two strong technology platforms, gas turbines and reciprocating engines, for use on land, at sea and in the air. Aerospace comprises Civil Aerospace and Defence Aerospace. MIPS comprises Marine, Energy, Nuclear and Power Systems. Power Systems includes Rolls-Royce’s 50% ownership of Rolls-Royce Power Systems (RRPS), a collaboration with Daimler AG. For further information: www.rolls-royce.com

Rolls-Royce has a broad customer base comprising more than 380 airlines and leasing customers, 160 armed forces, 4,000 marine customers, including 70 navies, and 1,600 energy and nuclear customers in 120 countries. Annual underlying revenue was £15.5 billion in 2013, around half of which came from the provision of aftermarket services. The firm and announced order book stood at £71.6 billion at 31 December 2013. Rolls-Royce employs over 55,000 people in 45 countries.

Hispano-Suiza (Safran) is a globally-recognized specialist in power transmissions on civil, military and helicopter markets. Hispano-Suiza designs, develops, produces and supports power transmissions which deliver mechanical energy to engine accessories or aircraft systems. It is the world’s leading supplier of engine power transmissions, with a market share of nearly 60% of all mainline jets (over 100 seats) and an installed base covering more than 30,000 engines worldwide. Hispano-Suiza invests heavily in R&D to develop innovative power transmissions for tomorrow's engines, including the Rolls-Royce Trent XWB and the CFM International LEAP. For more information: www.hispano-suiza-sa.com.

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