Rolls-Royce today celebrated a milestone at the company's Seletar Campus with the unveiling of a Trent 1000 engine, the first to be made in Singapore for Singapore's very own long-haul budget carrier, Scoot. The Trent 1000, which is fully assembled and tested by a team of 80, will provide power to Scoot's new fleet of 20 Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.
Mr Heng Swee Keat, Minister for Education, witnessed the ceremony alongside Campbell Wilson, Scoot, Chief Executive Officer and Jonathan Asherson, Rolls-Royce, Regional Director for ASEAN & Pacific.
"As a Singapore-based airline we support all things Singapore – and it's especially fantastic to be able to feature Singapore-built engines on our brand-new 787s," said Campbell Wilson, Scoot's CEO.
Campbell added, "Rolls-Royce's Trent 1000 engines, along with the 787's other advances, will save us fuel so that we can keep saving you money… in the form of great value airfares so that you can get outta here more often!”
Jonathan Asherson, Rolls-Royce, Regional Director for ASEAN & Pacific, said: "Today we are proud to present Scoot with their first Trent 1000 engine made at our Seletar facility in Singapore. We are delighted that local carrier Scoot has placed its trust in our Trent 1000 engine and our ability to deliver superior product and service performance. We look forward to further strengthening our partnership.”
The Trent 1000 engine delivers exceptional environmental performance on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner with the best through-life fuel efficiency and lowest noise. Rolls-Royce powered the very first Boeing 787 test flight in December 2009, the first 787-8 to enter service in October 2011, and the first 787-9 to enter service last year.
Jonathan also highlighted the fast paced development of the aerospace industry in Singapore: "In 2012, we were the first integrated high-tech facility to manufacture our Wide Chord Fan Blade, assemble and test our Trent aero engine, and conduct research within a single Campus. Today, we are proud to be part of Singapore's growing aerospace industry that supports the entire life-cycle of an aircraft - from build, to flight and through to servicing.”
Commitment to STEM Education: Trent 1000 school tour
Jonathan's comment came before he announced an aerospace school tour to take place in April 2015. A Trent 1000 engine will be accompanied by a mobile exhibition on a 10-day island-wide tour of secondary and tertiary institutions, providing students with an overview of Singapore's flourishing aerospace industry which today has the capability to manufacture, fly and service aircraft engines.
This project is led by Rolls-Royce and supported by International Engine Component Overhaul (IECO), Singapore Airlines Group of Companies, Singapore Aero Engine Services Ltd (SAESL) and Kuehne + Nagel. The exhibition will highlight the importance of STEM subjects and the exciting career opportunities the aerospace industry in Singapore has to offer.
Rolls-Royce intends to reach 6 million people by 2020 through STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) related programmes. In 2014, over 500 students were hosted at the Rolls-Royce Seletar Campus, and the Group also launched the Science Explorer badge for Brownies with the Girl Guides Association of Singapore.
Source: Rolls Royce
Date: Jan 21, 2015