Rolls-Royce confirmed yesterday that Penerbangan Malaysia Berhad (PMB), the parent company of Malaysia Airlines (MAS), had chosen the Trent 900 engine to power its fleet of six Airbus A380 airliners. This takes the Trent 900’s market share of A380 firm and option orders to 50 per cent.
Rolls-Royce said in a statement that MAS, which becomes the fifth airline to opt for Trent-powered A380s, will utilise the aircraft on routes from Kuala Lumpur to Europe and Australia. Deliveries begin in early 2007.
Last month, the Trent 900 achieved on-time certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency. The engine will enter service with A380 launch customer Singapore Airlines in 2006, having also been selected by Lufthansa, Qantas and Virgin Atlantic. The Trent 900 will power the maiden flight of the A380 in the first quarter of 2005.
Although it will initially operate at 70,000lb thrust, the Trent 900 was certificated at a rating of 80,000lb, allowing margin for growth and will be the fourth version of the Trent series to enter service.