Rolls-Royce enters $95 million BR715 care agreement

Rolls-Royce has entered into a $95 million TotalCare services agreement with Midwest Airlines to provide in-service support for the BR715 engines powering the airline’s Boeing 717s.

Rolls-Royce has entered into a TotalCare services agreement worth approximately $95 million with Midwest Airlines to provide in-service support for the BR715 engines powering the airline’s new fleet of 25 Boeing 717s.

According to a statement, Midwest Airlines is the fourth customer this year to place a long-term engine support agreement with Rolls-Royce.

More than 90 per cent of all BR715 engines are currently covered by TotalCare agreements, which allows customers to select from a menu of services to produce tailor-made solutions that match individual fleet requirements based on agreed rates per flight hour.

Midwest Airlines placed a firm order for 25 Boeing 717s and options for an additional 25 aircraft in April 2002. The airline’s first 717 will be delivered in February 2003, and deliveries will continue through 2005. The first 717 is expected to enter service in March 2003.

David Whetton, Executive Vice President – Airlines Americas, Rolls-Royce North America, said: ‘Airlines continue to face numerous pressures in financially tight operations, and keeping their aircraft in service is chief among them.

‘The Rolls-Royce TotalCare program removes the surprise element for an airline, both from a technical and financial standpoint by providing accurate, low-risk budgeting and forecasting linked to engine operation and utilisation.’

Earlier this week, Rolls-Royce announced that it had signed a long-term services agreement with Hong Kong’s Dragonair for maintenance of the Trent 700 engines which power the airline’s fleet of Airbus A330s.

The TotalCare package, based on agreed rates per flying hour, covers five A330-300 twinjets and is valued at $160 million by Rolls-Royce.