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Rolls Royce bounces back with Asiana A380 deal

Rolls Royce bounces back with Asiana A380 deal

Rolls-Royce has signed a contract with Asiana Airlines which will see the engine maker provide Trent 900 engines to power six Airbus A380 aircraft.

The deal is the first of its kind since the explosion of a Trent 900 engine on a Qantas operated Airbus A380 in 2010.

No financial details of the deal, which also includes a TotalCare long-term service agreement.

Yong Wook Lee, senior vice president for legal affairs and purchasing, Asiana
Airlines, said: “This contract, to power a significant addition to our fleet, strengthens our important relationship with Rolls-Royce.

“The Trent 900 will offer us economic benefits and will be combined with TotalCare support that will maximise the reliability of our Airbus A380s.”

Asiana Airlines, based in Seoul, South Korea, will take delivery of the aircraft in 2014, marking its first Rolls-Royce powered aircraft to enter service.

Asiana has previously ordered Trent XWB engines for 30 firm and 10 option A350 XWB aircraft.

Jim Sheard, Rolls-Royce senior vice president for civil aerospace, said: “We are very pleased that Asiana has put their trust in Trent 900 technology that will deliver significant operational and environmental benefits.

“This confirms the Trent 900 as the true market leader and engine of choice for the majority of A380 operators and marks a further deepening of our relationship with
Asiana Airlines as we work to support their fleet expansion.”

Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engines have now been selected to power the Airbus A380 by ten out of 15 airlines. However, this represents less than half of the market, with Emirates, the largest buyer of the A380 choosing American manufactured engines.


Engine failure on a Trent 900 was responsible for an emergency landing by A380 Qantas flight QF32 on November 4th in Singapore, with the British manufacturer subsequently launching an investigation.

An Australian safety report pinpointed a “potential manufacturing defect” in the engines and regulators ordered checks on Trent 900 engines to ensure they were safe.

Following the incident, Lufthansa and Singapore Airlines both grounded their fleet of Airbus A380 aircraft. However, all have now returned to service.