San Pedro: Trent Engines for QA

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Sunday, November 24, 2013


ONLY one of the two Middle Eastern airlines who had the first crack at the development of the Clark route, Qatar Airways announced that it already made the order for five Airbus 330s with Trent 700 engines that will also have TotalCare service and support.

Rolls-Royce, a world-leading provider of power systems and services for use on land, at sea and in the air - has won the $300M deal with Qatar Airways for the five Airbus 330s outfitted with the state-of-the-art Trent 700 engines. Rolls-Royce has established a strong position in the field of civil aerospace, defense aerospace, marine and energy.

The order for five Airbus A330 Freighters and eight options was announced by the Qatar Airways on the first day of the recently concluded Dubai Air Show. "We are pleased to select the Trent 700 engine, which has provided excellent performance on our existing Airbus A330 Freighter, along with a support package that maximizes aircraft reliability and efficiency," said Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer, Akbar Al-Baker.

The Rolls-Royce Trent 700 is the first engine in the highly successful Trent family. It has established itself as the engine of choice on the Airbus 330. Cathay Pacific was the first to use the Trent 700 engines in March 1995 logging over 21 million hours (over 5.3 million cycles) in service on its aircraft.

The Trent 700 engine delivers the power requirements for all weights of the A330 and in particular, for the higher weight aircraft operating in harsh environments, particularly those airlines based in the Middle East. Rolls-Royce noted that the Trent 700 engine has the highest in-service thrust of 72,000 lb, provides the best take-off performance and revenue-earning potential for operators of the A330. It further said that the engine was designed for growth capability of the A330 and incorporates materials capable pressures and temperatures for 75,000lb.

The Trent 700 engine is currently powering more than 530 Airbus 330 aircraft with 58 operators. More than 1,400 engines are currently either in service or on order.

"We look forward to further developing our relationship with a valued customer and welcome Qatar Airways' continued confidence in our Trent technology and TotalCare service and support," said Eric Schulz, Rolls-Royce, President - Civil Large Engines.

Rolls-Royce has a broad customer base comprising more than 300 airlines, 4,000 corporate and utility aircraft and helicopter operators, 160 armed forces, more than 4,000 marine customers, including 70 navies, and energy customers in more than 80 countries.

On October 28, Qatar Airways started its daily flights between Clark International Airport and Doha, Qatar allowing thousands of Overseas Filipino Workers to fly directly to Clark on their way to the central and northern part of Luzon. Two days later, Qatar Airways joined the OneWorld Alliance, becoming the only major Gulf carrier to join a global airline alliance, enabling its customers to benefit from almost a thousand airports in more than 150 countries, with 14,000 daily departures.

During the Paris Air Show at Le Bourget, France in June this year, Qatar Airways was presented with three honors at the annual Skytrax 2013 World Airline Awards. The airline was awarded World's Best Business Class, World's Best Business Class Lounge and, for the second consecutive year, Best Airline Staff Service in the Middle East.

The airline has also been named Best Airline in the Middle East for the seventh year in a row, and its Premium Terminal at Doha International Airport named Best Premium Service Airport for the third consecutive year in 2013. Qatar Airways has also twice been the recipient of the prestigious Skytrax Airline of the Year Award in 2011 and 2012. Skytrax is the only global independent passenger survey monitoring airline standards and is considered the ultimate benchmark for excellence in the airline industry.

Over US$50 billion had been earmarked for the acquisition of more than 250 aircraft, including Boeing 787s, 777s, Airbus A350s, A380s and A320 family of aircraft.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on November 25, 2013.

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