Rolls-Royce this week won a £40m maintenance contract for the aero engines that power British Midland’s new fleet of Airbus Industries’ A320 short-haul airliners.
British Midland plans to operate 22 of the A320s and slightly larger A321s. The first of these aircraft entered service in April 1998.
Under the 10-year contract, maintenance of the V2500 will take place at East Kilbride, near Glasgow. The plant already handles the Rolls-Royce Tay engine that powers British Midland’s Fokker jet fleet. The site also reworks the Rolls-Royce AE 3007 engine, applications for which include the Embraer RJ-135 and RJ-145 regional airliners.
Last year, British Midland placed a firm order for 10 ERJ-145s with five more on option.
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