Rolls-Royce to power Gulf Air in $1.5BN order
Monday, 15 June 2009
Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, will power new Gulf Air aircraft in an order worth US$1.5bn at list prices.
Trent 700EP (Enhanced Performance) engines will power 20 Airbus A330 aircraft, with deliveries beginning in 2012. The contract includes a TotalCareâ long-term service agreement. In addition, Gulf Air also renewed TotalCareâ on Trent 700s that power 10 A330s already in service.
La continuité !
The Trent 700EP has the best performance, lowest emissions and lowest fuel burn on the A330. Rolls-Royce has secured more than 70 per cent of the A330 market over the last three years and eight of the nine Middle East A330 operators have selected Trent 700 engines to power their fleets.
Paroles flatteuses ! On voit bien que les clients ne demandent pas aujourd'hui une remotorisation de l'A330 !The contract was signed at the Paris Air Show by Gulf Air Chairman Talal Al Zain and Rolls-Royce Chief Executive Sir John Rose.
Ismail Karimi, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Gulf Air, said: “As Gulf Air progresses with its ambitious re-fleeting and product enhancement strategy, we need an engine to power our future A330s. After exploring a number of options, we have selected the Trent 700 as the one best suited to meet our future needs. The Rolls-Royce engine offers the best deal for Gulf Air technically, operationally, commercially and environmentally.
“Our new aircraft will offer improved customer service in terms of comfort and reliability and will also continue our drive to keep operating costs to a minimum. We have had excellent experience with our existing Trent 700EPs, both in terms of operational performance and the comprehensive TotalCareâ service package, which were important factors in our decision making on the new purchases and service renewal.”