Rolls-Royce lands major deal with German airline Lufthansa

An artist’s impression of the 787 Dreamliner in livery of Lufthansa Group airlines (image courtesy of Lufthansa Group)

Manufacturing giant Rolls-Royce has won a major contract to supply engines to German airline Lufthansa.

The Derby firm will provide power for 40 new aircraft.

Its Trent 1000 engine will be used for 20 Boeing 787 Dreamliners and its Trent XWB will power 20 Airbus A350 XWBs.

A total care agreement has also been agreed, which will see Rolls-Royce provide long term services for both engine types.

The news comes as a boost for Rolls-Royce, which has recently experienced issues with its Trent 1000 engines, with the manufacturer taking a £554m hit trying to correct the problems at Delta TechOps’ engine overhaul facility in Atlanta, Georgia.

The first Trent 1000 engine was taken into the facility in late 2018 and returned to service in January.

Dr Detlef Kayser, member of the executive board Lufthansa Group – airlines resources and operational standards, said: “We are very pleased to select Rolls-Royce to power these aircraft, helping us to provide outstanding customer service. With this order, we will reduce our operating costs, simplify our long-haul fleet and improve our environmental performance.”

Chris Cholerton, Rolls-Royce, president – civil aerospace, added: “Lufthansa is a recognised industry leader and this marks a significant endorsement of two members of our Trent engine family.

“Today’s announcement also strengthens our long-standing and highly-valued partnership with Lufthansa, which has selected the Trent 1000 for the first time and continued to demonstrate its commitment to the Trent XWB.”