Derby's Rolls-Royce lands £125m Tunisair order

Posted on: 11/4/2016
Derby's Rolls-Royce lands £125m Tunisair order

ROLLS-ROYCE has won an order for Sinfin-built engines worth around £125 million.

Tunisair has chosen the Trent 700 engines to power three Airbus A330 aircraft, ordered in July 2008.

It is the first time that the Tunisian national airline has chosen the Trent engine, designed and built by Rolls-Royce in Derby.

It is planned that the new aircraft will be used on new long-haul routes to the US and Canada.

The airline currently operates routes to the main cities of Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

It has a long-standing relationship with the company, having started its operations nearly 50 years ago, using Rolls-Royce Avon engines.

The latest order also includes a TotalCare long-term service agreement, meaning that Rolls-Royce will continue to carry out checks and maintenance on the engines.

Nabil Chettaoui is the chairman and chief executive officer at Tunisair.

He said: "The Trent 700 will power our A330s which will replace A300-600 aircraft and allow Tunisair to operate new scheduled flights to North America upon delivery from Airbus in 2012."

The Trent 700 is the only engine specifically designed for the Airbus A330 and over 1,000 are now in service or on firm order.

In the last four months, the civil aerospace division of the company has announced Trent 700 orders worth around £1.4 billion.

Metin Oktay, Rolls-Royce civil aerospace vice-president for Africa, said: "We are delighted to welcome Tunisair as the latest in our family of Trent operators.

"The combination of the Trent 700 and the TotalCare support package will deliver significant reliability and performance benefits to enhance its operations."

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