Rolls-Royce wins $350 million Trent 500 order

Rolls-Royce announced today that it has won an order worth $350 million from Thai Airways International for Trent 500 engines to power eight long-range Airbus A340s.

Rolls-Royce announced today that it had won an order worth around $350 million from Thai Airways International for Trent 500 engines to power eight long-range Airbus A340s.

The order comprises five A340-600s and three A340-500s with deliveries commencing in March 2005.

Thai Airways International is an existing operator of the Rolls-Royce Trent engine family, having been the launch customer of the Trent 800 powered Boeing 777 which entered service in April 1996.

Thai Airways International has a total of 14 Trent-powered aircraft in service, including eight Boeing 777-200s and six Boeing 777-300s.

The A340-600 is powered by a 56,000lb thrust version of the Trent 500 while the longer range A340-500 uses a 53,000lb thrust variant of the engine.