June 16: Aero engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce announced several major contracts at Le Bourget, totalling some $4 billion. The Trent powerplant has secured the bulk of the orders, with a $1.8 billion deal with AirAsia to supply up to 15 Trent XWB and ten 700EP engines, and $1.5 billion deal with Gulf Air to supply 20 Trent 700EPs for its proposed fleet of Airbus A330s.
Rolls Royce describe the XWB is the most fuel efficient of the Trent ‘family’, while the 700EP has the best performance, lowest emissions and lowest fuel burn. There are more than 1,500 Trent engines in service on more than 550 aircraft with a further 2,500 on order. The manufacturer also announced that Cathay Pacific will upgrade 24 of its Trent 700 engines with EP (Enhanced Performance) kits to reduce fuel burn and CO2 emissions.
Other minor orders include three for V2500 engines; a $190m share of an order from Etihad for 20 Airbus A320s; a $230m share of an order from Qatar Airways for 20 Airbus A320s and four A321s, and a $230m share of an order from Air China for 22 Airbus A320 and A321 aircraft. The V2500 is produced by the International Aero Engines (IAE) consortium, other partners being Pratt & Whitney, the Japanese Aero Engines Corporation and MTU Aero Engines. More than 5,500 V2500 engines are in service or on firm order worldwide.