Rolls-Royce today announces it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding for a comprehensive TotalCare service agreement with Ethiopian Airlines for 22 Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-84 engines.
The Trent XWB-84 exclusively powers the Airbus A350-900 aircraft.
TotalCare is designed to provide operational certainty for customers by transferring time on wing and maintenance cost risk back to Rolls-Royce.
This industry-leading premium service is supported by data delivered through the Rolls-Royce advanced engine health monitoring system, which helps provide customers with increased operational availability, reliability and efficiency.
Ethiopian Airlines became Africa’s first A350 operator in 2016, and has been a customer of Rolls-Royce for many years.
This order will complement the airline’s existing fleet of 40 Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-84 engine.
Rolls-Royce also powers the airline’s fleet of 10 Boeing 787s with their Trent 1000 engine.
Mr. Mesfin Tasew, Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO, said: “We are excited to place this commitment for 11 Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-84 powered Airbus A350-900 aircraft, which will be supported by a comprehensive Rolls-Royce TotalCare services agreement.
“We are keen to expand our fleet size, acquiring the latest technology aircraft to offer a convenient and memorable onboard experience to our esteemed passengers.”
Rob Watson, President – Civil Aerospace Rolls-Royce plc, said: “Today’s announcement marks an exciting day for Ethiopian Airlines and Rolls-Royce.
“It is proof that the Trent XWB-84 continues to perform and deliver for our customers. It is the perfect engine platform to support Ethiopian Airlines’ growth ambitions as a leading airline in Africa.
“We have enjoyed a relationship with Ethiopian Airlines for many years and we would like to thank them for yet again putting their trust in the Trent XWB and Rolls-Royce.
“We look forward to supporting them with their global route development.”