Thursday, March 17, 2011

Trent 900 to power Asiana A380 fleet

Rolls-Royce said Wednesday that Asiana Airlines selected the Trent 900 to power the six Airbus A380s the Seoul-based carrier has on order for delivery from 2014-2017. The contract includes a TotalCare long-term service agreement.

Asiana's selection marks the first firm order for the engine type since the uncontained failure of a Trent 900 on a Qantas A380 on Nov. 4.

Asiana Senior VP-Legal Affairs and Purchasing Yong Wook Lee said, "The Trent 900 will offer us economic benefits … that will maximize the reliability of our Airbus A380s." Rolls Senior VP-Civil Aerospace Jim Sheard added, "This confirms the Trent 900 as the true market leader and engine of choice for the majority of A380 operators." Rolls noted that Trent 900 engines have been selected by 10 of 15 airlines that have ordered the A380.

(Aaron Karp - ATWOnline News)

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