Rolls-Royce Secures £693m Virgin Atlantic Order

Rolls-Royce Secures £693m Virgin Atlantic Order

Rolls-Royce has secured an order worth £693 million from Virgin Atlantic to supply Trent XWB engines for the airline’s fleet of 12 Airbus A350-1000 aircraft.

The deal was announced at the Farnborough Airshow and will include Virgin’s TotalCare after sales agreement for the Derby manufacturer.

Rolls-Royce has already sold over 1,600 Trent XWB engines to 42 customers, making it the car maker’s fastest selling wide body engine.

Craig Kreeger, Chief Executive Officer at Virgin Atlantic, said that the scale of the order shows the company’s focus on investing in the future of their people and customers, while also confirming the business is in a strong position.

Kreeger added: The A350-1000 plays a pivotal role in our fleet program-me; with the Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engine, it is helping to create one of the youngest, cleanest and ‘greenest’ fleets in the sky.

Meanwhile, President of Rolls-Royce, Eric Schulz, said that Virgin Atlantic is a great customer to have and is one that has displayed a sustained commitment to their Trent engine family, and that they are looking forward to the Trent XWB delivering quality economics and performance.

Schulz added: Successes such as this engine are the result of decades of investment in fundamental technologies, R&D and manufacturing infrastructure to bring world-beating products to market.

The Trent family of engines benefitted from UK investment in each of these stages, including innovations in materials, aerodynamics, noise, control systems and manufacturing technologies.

Before stepping down as Prime Minister, David Cameron welcomed the news of Virgin Atlantic’s investment, stating that it was good news for both passengers and UK jobs.

Nearly half of the value of the Trent XWB engine is made up part made by Rolls-Royce in the UK and its suppliers.

The Rolls-Royce plants that contributed to the project are: Washington, Sunderland, Rotherham, Nuneaton, Inchinnan, Hucknall, Derby, Bristol, Birmingham, Barnoldswick and Ansty Park.

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