Rolls-Royce agrees a deal to maintain Etihad Airways’ engines

Posted on 23 Jun 2011 by The Manufacturer

Etihad Airways has signed a deal with Rolls-Royce that will involve the long-term maintenance and service of the engines inside the airline’s planes.

The Abu Dhabi-based airline will receive TotalCare® services for Trent 700 engines that power four Airbus A330 aircraft. It will also extend an existing contract covering the same engines that power 20 more of its A330 fleet. TotalCare® long-term service agreements, in place on 90% of Trent engines in service, are designed to maximise engine availability to improve airline operational performance and reliability.

Also included in the deal, worth £360m, are enhanced performance (EP) kits for the servicing 30 of their Trent 700 engines. The aim of these is to increase their fuel efficiency by more than 1% in each engine: reducing CO2 emissions by 800 tonnes per aircraft per year.

The chief executive officer of Etihad Airways, James Hogan, said: “This is an extension of a long term partnership between Etihad and Rolls-Royce, which will result in greater fuel efficiency and cost savings. Environmental performance is a key consideration for Etihad so we are particularly pleased to be introducing the EP kits on our Rolls-Royce engines.”

Mark King, president of Rolls-Royce Civil Aerospace, said: “Our aftermarket services are designed to offer real value to customers as they manage their fleets. We are committed to continual improvement of our engines and our EP kits extend the Trent 700’s industry-leading position as the most efficient engine on the A330.”

George Archer