Rolls-Royce Joins Celebrations As Cathay Pacific Becomes Latest Operator of the A350 XWB

Rolls-Royce today joined celebrations to mark Cathay Pacific Airways becoming the first airline in the Greater China region to operate the Airbus A350 XWB, powered by the world’s most efficient large aero engine, the Trent XWB.

The first aircraft arrived in Hong Kong on 29 May, and will enter into service on 1 June, marking another milestone in the success of the Trent XWB, the latest member of Rolls-Royce’s widely acclaimed Trent family.

Growth markets including Greater China play an important role in Rolls-Royce growing its share of the installed widebody fleet. The Chinese civil aviation sector has grown significantly over the past two decades, since the first Trent 700 engine was delivered to Cathay Pacific in 1995. Today, 20 per cent of Trent engine orders come from operators in Greater China.

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Paul Freestone, Rolls-Royce, Senior Vice President, Greater China Customer Team – Civil Aerospace, said: “It is a great pleasure to celebrate the arrival of the first A350 XWB to Hong Kong with Cathay Pacific and Airbus today. The Trent XWB has proven to be highly reliable and efficient since it entered commercial service last year. We are proud to partner with Cathay Pacific, a hugely valued customer for over forty years, as it begins its exciting new journey with this outstanding aircraft.”

Cathay Pacific has ordered a total of 22 A350-900 aircraft and 26 A350-1000 aircraft. Its Rolls-Royce powered fleet also includes the A330, the Boeing 747, and the Boeing 777.

The Rolls-Royce Trent XWB is the only engine that powers the A350 XWB and more than 1,600 engines have already been sold to 42 customers. It delivers a 25 per cent fuel burn improvement compared to previous generation aircraft. The Trent XWB is also one of the quietest engines that Rolls-Royce has ever produced for the widebody market.

Source: Rolls Royce
Date: May 30, 2016