Rolls-Royce confident more carriers will use its Trent 900

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  • Saturday, 22 Jan 2005

By HONG BOON HOW in Derby, Britain

Rolls-Royce plc is confident of getting more airlines to select its Trent 900 aero engines to power the new Airbus A380 super jumbos they have ordered. 

The company’s executive vice-president (airlines), Nick A. Devall, said that five of eight airlines that had placed orders for the A380 had so far opted for the Trent 900. 

“The Trent 900 is the leading engine for the A380’s development programme and we feel that we are ahead of our rivals,” he said at the Rolls-Royce plant in Derby on Thursday. 

“We are confident of winning over the undecided airline operators as we will focus on quality after-sales service and preventive maintenance,” Devall added. 

The A380, which requires four engines to power it, is set to enter commercial service next year. It is the world's largest airliner, capable of carrying 555 passengers. 

The airlines that have already selected the Trent 900 to power their A380 aircraft are Malaysia Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Qantas, Virgin Atlantic and Lufthansa. 

Those that have opted for Engine Alliance’s GP7200 engines are Emirates Airlines, Air France and Federal Express. Six other operators that have ordered the A380 have yet to indicate their engine of choice. 

The Trent 900 successfully completed trials on an Airbus A340-300 in August last year and will power the A380’s maiden flight this year. The engine, Devall said, was developed from Rolls-Royce's earlier Trent series which had been extensively used to power the Boeing 777 and Airbus 340. 

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