Hong Kong Airlines has chosen Rolls-Royce Trent 700 engines to power its new fleet of 20 Airbus A330-300s. Including a TotalCare® long-term services agreement, the value of the business is around $1.2 billion at list prices. Deliveries start in 2010.

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The announcement maintains the Trent 700’s 100 per cent record in mainland China, where it has been selected for all 125 A330s in service or on order. Hong Kong Airlines is a new customer for Rolls-Royce.

Ren Weidong, Executive Chairman of Hong Kong Airlines, said: “The Trent 700 is clearly the best solution for our A330 fleet. Its outstanding reliability and operational flexibility mean it does not limit the routes that our aircraft can operate, giving our passengers maximum choice.”

Steve Miller, Vice President, Rolls-Royce Civil Aerospace – China, added: "We are delighted to have Hong Kong Airlines as a new Trent customer, building on the Trent 700’s successful position in China, and are excited to be part of their dynamic growth plans. We look forward to working closely with them to ensure a smooth entry into service and the successful operation of their new Trent-powered fleet.”

Note to Editors:

The Trent 700 - powered A330s are the first wide-bodied aircraft to be selected by Hong Kong Airlines and mark the latest phase of the carrier’s growth plan.

The Trent 700 is the only engine on the A330 that has been specifically designed for the aircraft, resulting in better lifetime performance, reliability and maintenance costs. It is the market leader on the A330 with a 50 per cent market share.

It is also the quietest and cleanest option on the A330, with the greatest margin to CAEP 4 legislation.

A programme of continuous improvement, involving the introduction of the latest Trent family technology to the Trent 700, will ensure increased benefits to customers, such as the lowest fuel burn of any engine on the A330.

Rolls-Royce is working hard to improve the environmental impact of its products. Each year Rolls-Royce, in collaboration with its partners, invests around £700 million on research and development, two thirds of which has the objective of reducing the environmental impact of its products. This technology investment is primarily aimed at reducing noise and emissions.

TotalCare, tailored for individual operators, offers a range of services from Rolls-Royce covering all aspects of asset management in support of its Civil Aerospace products. Building on the company’s knowledge, experience and infrastructure, these services include elements such as predictive maintenance, logistics management, and global repair and overhaul offerings. TotalCare can remove uncertainties from engine management and improve operational reliability for operators through a mutually aligned business relationship.

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Martin Johnson
Vice President, Communications
Rolls-Royce plc
Tel: +44 (0)7788 497358
Email: martin.johnson@rolls-royce.com

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