- Trent 1000 engines have been selected - New environmental partnership with Rolls Royce to focus on lower fuel
SOUTH NORWALK, Conn., March 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Virgin Atlantic, one of the world's leading long-haul airlines, today announced it has selected Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines to power its Boeing 787-9 fleet of aircraft.
The order, worth $2.6b, includes 15 sets of installed engines and four spare engines for Virgin Atlantic's confirmed aircraft order, and engines for the options and purchase rights on a further 28 aircraft. The agreement also includes a long-term maintenance agreement to ensure the engines remain at peak performance through their life. Virgin Atlantic is also forming a new environmental partnership with Rolls-Royce, in which both companies will work together to continually lower fuel burn and emissions.
The 75,000lb thrust Trent 1000 engine will power the airline's 787
order -- which includes 15 firm 787s along with a further 8 aircraft
options and 20 purchase rights. Deliveries of the airline's 787s are due
from 2011 onwards.
Sir Richard Branson, President of Virgin Atlantic, commented:
"Virgin Atlantic has chosen the cleanest possible engines for its more
fuel-efficient future with the 787 Dreamliner. Rolls-Royce engines will
help us cut emissions per flight by nearly 30 percent as we pursue our
goal to become the most sustainable airline in the world. Our new
environmental partnership will also bring major benefits to the
aviation industry, as we work together to deliver the most efficient
engines in the sky, and continuously improve the fuel burn of our fleet
James M. Guyette, President & CEO,
|SOURCE Virgin Atlantic|
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