Rolls-Royce has offered its support the conclusions of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau report into the failure of a Trent 900 engine on board a Qantas Airways Airbus A380 on November 4th, 2010. Colin Smith, director engineering & technology, Rolls-Royce, said: “This was a serious and rare event which we very much regret.”
Rolls-Royce has won an order from Oman Air, worth $200 million at list prices, to deliver Trent 700 engines to power three Airbus A330 aircraft. The order also includes long-term TotalCare service support.
Rolls-Royce has started construction of a new London Heathrow Service Centre that will provide specialist maintenance and support services for commercial aero engines. When fully operational, the new facility will employ up to 80 people, with 40 transferring from the existing Rolls-Royce Heathrow facility, which it will replace.
Rolls-Royce has received approval from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for an enhanced Package B version of the Trent 1000 engine. The engine powers the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
Rolls-Royce has won an order from Saudi Arabian Airlines, worth up to $500m, to provide engines and TotalCare support for four Airbus A330 aircraft already announced and four options. These aircraft, which are due to enter service from 2013, will be in addition to Saudi Arabian Airlines’ existing fleet of eight Trent 700 powered Airbus A330s, and will bring the total of Trent 700 powered A330s in the fleet to sixteen.
Pratt & Whitney and Rolls-Royce have announced a restructure of their participation in IAE International Aero Engines, which produces the V2500 engine for the A320 family of aircraft. Under the terms of the agreement, Rolls-Royce will sell its equity and program shares in IAE to Pratt & Whitney for $1.5 billion.
Rolls Royce has reported an increase in profit before tax of 28 per cent in the half year to June 30th. The group – which dominates the aviation engine market in Europe – earned £595 million for the period, or 23.9 pence per share, up from £465 million a year earlier.
Qantas has announced a settlement with Rolls-Royce following a mid-air engine explosion and subsequent grounding of its Airbus A380 fleet last year. The Australian flag-carrier will receive AUS$95 million from the British manufacturer, following the incident in November last year.
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.
Rolls-Royce has faced its second scare within a week after a Qantas Boeing 747 bound for London was forced to shut down an engine and return to Bangkok Airport. The pilot noticed “vibration and high temperatures” in one of four engines. But the plane, carrying 308 passengers, landed safely.
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.
Qantas has begun legal action against Rolls-Royce following the explosion of an engine on one of its Airbus A380s. The Australian flag carrier said the legal action would provide a back-up in case a settlement could not be reached.