Rolls-Royce announced today that Thai Airways International (THAI) has placed follow-on orders for two versions of its Trent engine series to power additional Airbus and Boeing widebody jets.
The airline has selected the Trent 800 for six Boeing 777-200ER (extended range) twinjets, and is also adding two Trent 500-powered A340 aircraft.
THAI was the launch customer for the Trent 800 on both the -200 and -300 versions of the Boeing 777, and with the introduction of the -200ER the airline will operate every 777 variant powered by Rolls-Royce. Including today’s order, its Trent-powered 777 fleet will total 20 aircraft.
The addition of one A340-500 and one A340-600 takes THAI’s fleet total to ten of the long-range, four-engine Airbus jets. The airline has also ordered six A380 aircraft for which a choice of engine has yet to be announced.
The Trent 900, the launch engine on the A380 and the choice of five out of eight operators to date, will power the aircraft’s maiden flight in Spring 2005.