Rolls-Royce signs engines deal with French airline

Didier Tappero (left) and Ewen McDonald sign the Trent 7000 contract

Rolls-Royce and French airline Aircalin have signed contracts for Trent 7000 engines to power two Airbus A330neo aircraft, supported by Rolls-Royce’s flagship engine service, TotalCare®.

The order, which marks the first time that Aircalin has selected Rolls-Royce engines, was signed in Noumea by Didier Tappero, chief executive, Aircalin and Ewen McDonald, Rolls-Royce, senior vice president – customers, civil aerospace.

The A330neo is exclusively powered by the Trent 7000, built in Derby, which brings together experience from the Trent 700 which powers the A330, and technology from the Trent 1000 TEN and Trent XWB.

Tappero said: “These new generation Rolls-Royce engines will power our future A330neo long-haul aircraft. It will allow Aircalin to achieve significant savings in fuel consumption and offer our passengers more comfort.”

McDonald said: “We warmly welcome Aircalin as a new customer and today’s signing marks the start of a long and valued relationship. We are looking forward to supporting Aircalin to ensure a smooth entry into service of these latest aircraft.”

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