Breaking Travel News

Paris Air Show: Rolls-Royce signs $2.2bn deal with TAM Airlines

Paris Air Show: Rolls-Royce signs $2.2bn deal with TAM Airlines

Rolls-Royce has been among the early winners at the annual Paris Air Show, with the global power systems company concluding a to $2.2 billion contract with TAM Airlines of Brazil.

The deal will see the Derby-based manufacturer provide Trent XWB engines for Airbus A350-XWB aircraft on order with the airline.

The order includes a 12 year agreement for TotalCare long-term services support.

This is the first time TAM has ordered engines from Rolls-Royce and follows a previous announcement of the aircraft order made by Airbus.

TAM has placed an order for 27 A350-XWBs.

Libano Barroso, president of TAM Airlines said: “Our selection of this engine and aircraft combination is an integral step in our strategy to increase both our domestic and international route structure, responding to the rapidly developing capacity demands from and to Brazil. 

“The operational capability and fuel efficiency of the latest generation in the Trent family will make this aircraft a significant addition to our fleet.”

The Trent XWB, specifically designed for the Airbus A350-XWB, is the fastest selling Rolls-Royce Trent engine offering 28 per cent better fuel efficiency than pre-Trent generation engines.

Mark King, Rolls-Royce, president, civil aerospace said: “TAM has placed its trust in our world class technology by selecting the Trent XWB, which is the most fuel efficient large engine ever built.

“This order is underpinned by a comprehensive TotalCare engine maintenance package, which will help TAM maximise its use of our technology. 

“We look forward to developing our relationship with TAM Airlines as these aircraft enter service.”

More than 1,100 Trent XWB engines have been sold to 36 customers, with current orders extending beyond 2020, Rolls-Royce said in Paris.