Rolls-Royce and China Eastern Airlines announced today that they have signed a $100 million contract for a 10-year fleet hour agreement covering the Trent 500 engines powering the airline’s new fleet of Airbus A340-600s.
China Eastern Airlines has ordered five of the aircraft, which carry up to 380 passengers and have a range of 7,700 miles, allowing them to fly Trans-Pacific routes such as Shanghai – Los Angeles. They are each equipped with four 56,000lb thrust Trent 556 engines. Deliveries begin in March 2003.
Fleet hour agreements are part of a broad range of Total Care packages offered by Rolls-Royce.
The menu of options includes predictive maintenance tools provided through the Rolls-Royce – SAIC joint venture, Data Systems & Solutions, engine and aircraft leasing and management, spares provisioning, internet-based services, and the world-wide network of Rolls-Royce aero repair and overhaul facilities.
The provision of aftermarket services is said to be an important part of the company’s strategy. Aftermarket service revenues comprised 41 per cent of sales in the first half of 2002, and long-term service agreements represent 20 per cent of the order book.