Indonesian airline, Lion Air has selected Rolls-Royce to supply Trent 700 engines worth £90m at current list prices to power three Airbus A330ceo aircraft.
The signing ceremony – held at Jakarta (Soekarno-Hatta) International airport – was attended by Rudy Lumingkewas, Lion Air CEO; Adrian Short, Rolls-Royce regional director – Indonesia; UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond; Ignatius Jonan, Indonesian Minister for Transport; and Laurent Godin, president director of PT Airbus Group Indonesia and Jean-Francois Laval, Airbus executive vice president for Asia.
Rusdi Kirana, Lion Group, CEO, commented: “We have been impressed with the Trent 700’s performance record, and after a thorough evaluation of our options, the engine was the natural choice for this important fleet expansion.”
Eric Schulz, Rolls-Royce’s president – Civil Large Engines, said: “We are delighted to welcome Lion Air, a fast-growing airline serving a dynamic market, to the Trent family of operators. This is further demonstration of the market’s continued demand for both the A330ceo and the Trent 700, which delivers outstanding economics for operators.”
The Trent 700 reportedly delivers optimised fuel burn, emissions and noise performance, resulting in market leadership on the aircraft. The engine has won more than 60% of new orders over the past three years and accounts for a similar percentage on future A330ceo deliveries. More than 1,500 Trent 700s are now in service or on firm order, making it the largest in-service Trent engine.
UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond stated: “This first ever purchase of Rolls-Royce engines by Lion Air is further good news for British manufacturing and a testament to the quality of our engineers.
“Increasing British exports and trade is a key part of our long-term economic plan to support jobs and growth in the UK. Rolls-Royce’s Trent 700 engine is winning export orders around the globe. The UK’s aerospace industry is the second largest in the world, with Government and industry investing £2bn in this key sector to help secure contracts and jobs.”