6 December, 2017: Rolls-Royce has signed a contract with Aircalin, a French airline and the international airline of New Caledonia for Trent 7000 engines to power two Airbus A330neo aircraft, supported by Rolls-Royce’s flagship engine service, TotalCare. The order was signed in Noumea by Didier Tappero, CEO, Aircalin and Ewen McDonald, Rolls-Royce, Senior Vice President – Customers, Civil Aerospace.
The TotalCare agreement includes a Parts Availability option whereby Rolls-Royce will ensure the airline has guaranteed parts provision on site and necessary tools globally to maximise service efficiency.
The 68-72,000lb thrust Trent 7000 will deliver major performance benefits compared to the existing version of the Trent 700. It will enhance specific fuel consumption by ten per cent and will drastically reduce noise.
Didier Tappero said, “These new generation Rolls-Royce engines will power our future A330neo long-haul aircraft. It will allow Aircalin to achieve significant savings in fuel consumption and offer our passengers more comfort”.
Ewen McDonald commented, “We warmly welcome Aircalin as a new customer and today’s signing marks the start of a long and valued relationship. We are looking forward to supporting Aircalin to ensure a smooth entry into service of these latest aircraft.”
Image caption: Didier Tappero (left) and Ewen McDonald sign the Trent 7000 contract