July 17, 2008

Rolls-Royce to Supply Trent XWB Engines for Asiana’s A350 XWB Fleet

Rolls-Royce has signed an agreement with Korea-based Asiana Airlines to supply Trent XWB engines for 30 firm and 10 option Airbus A350 XWB aircraft.

If all options are realized, the value of the engine order at list prices is $2.4 billion. In addition, Asiana will back the Trent XWBs with a long-term TotalCare agreement.

The first Trent XWB is scheduled to begin ground testing in 2010 and will make its maiden flight on the new Airbus twinjet in 2012.

Young-Doo Yoon, executive vice president of Asiana Airlines, said: "The advanced technologies and high operational efficiency of the Trent XWB will make it an outstanding addition to our fleet. We are also focused on improvements to our environmental profile, and there is no doubt that this latest Trent will make a significant contribution in that area."