After a celebration for the delivery of the first leased Airbus A350 powered by the Trent XWB engine in China, Rolls-Royce has stated the country, which represents the world’s second largest civil aviation market, “presents tremendous opportunities to further build on its leading position in the global widebody market.”
Rolls-Royce powers over half of the region’s widebody fleet, with 20% of Trent engine orders coming from Chinese operators.
Paul Freestone, Rolls-Royce Senior Vice President – Customers, Civil Aerospace, who attended the ceremony, said: “We warmly congratulate both Sichuan Airlines and Airbus on the delivery of the first leased A350 to mainland China. The A350 has enjoyed truly global success and this is another new chapter in that story.
“We are proud to be powering Sichuan Airlines’ entire widebody fleet and look forward to strengthening our partnership by continuing to provide outstanding economic and environmental performance with these new aircraft.”
The Trent XWB is the fastest selling wide body jet engine ever, with over 1,700 ordered by 46 customers worldwide. It recently achieved two million flying hours and the 500th engine was delivered to Airbus, a sign of the programme’s rapidly growing maturity.
Sichuan Airlines has leased four A350s, and has also ordered a further ten of the aircraft. It also operates an all Airbus fleet, including 12 Trent 700-powered A330s.