Rolls-Royce announces biggest ever order of Trent XWB-97 engines

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Rolls-Royce announced Tuesday that it has received an order from Air India for 68 Trent XWB-97 engines, with an option for 20 more.

This is the largest ever order for the Trent XWB-97, which exclusively powers the Airbus A350-1000.

Air India has also ordered 12 Trent XWB-84 engines, the only engine option for the Airbus A350-900.

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This is the first time an Indian airline has ordered the Trent XWB and the deal will make Air India the largest Trent XWB-97 operator in the world.

“Today’s announcement marks an exciting and truly remarkable occasion for Tata Group and Air India; the size and magnitude of this order reflects the level of their ambition for the future. I congratulate them on taking this bold step towards becoming one of the world’s greatest airlines and I would like to thank them for putting their trust in Rolls-Royce to power them on this journey”, Tufan Erginbilgic, CEO, Rolls-Royce plc, said.

“We are delighted to commence this partnership with Rolls-Royce, and to have their Trent XWB engines power our new fleet of A350 aircraft. We are confident that they will provide us with the reliability and efficiency consumers expect of today’s leading airlines, and thereby play an important part in Vihaan.AI, Air India’s comprehensive transformation and growth strategy”, Campbell Wilson, CEO, Air India, said.

The Trent XWB will support Tata Group and Air India’s ambitious growth plans for the airline, providing reliability, flexibility and efficiency to its fleet as it takes on ultra-long-range routes between India and the US.

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