Rolls-Royce Trent to power Singapore Airlines’ A3XX

Rolls-Royce has been confirmed as first engine supplier for the Airbus Industrie A3XX, following selection of the Trent 900 by Singapore Airlines (SIA) for its new fleet of up to 25 aircraft. SIA will be the first operator of the A3XX in early 2006.

The decision means that the Trent 900 will be the lead engine for the joint certification programme and will be the sole powerplant supplied for initial production of the A3XX.

The order, potentially worth around US$1.5 billion, involves over 100 installed and spare engines. SIA has placed firm orders for ten A3XXs and has options on a further 15 aircraft. Deliveries are scheduled to continue through to 2011.

SIA will operate the A3XX on high density routes including Singapore to London, Sydney, Hong Kong and New York.

The A3XX will join SIA’s fleet of up to 61 Trent 800-powered Boeing 777s on firm order or option, 18 of which are currently in service. SIA has also ordered up to 10 Airbus Industrie A340-500s powered by the Trent 500 engine.

Rolls-Royce is also involved in the maintenance of Singapore Airlines’ fleet of Trent-powered aircraft through its partnerships with SIA Engineering Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of the airline.

The Trent maintenance joint venture, Singapore Aero Engine Services Limited (SAESL), will open in 2002. The component repair joint venture International Engine Component Overhaul (IECO) commenced operations in 1998.

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