Rolls-Royce has welcomed a significant aircraft announcement by Virgin Atlantic.
The airline is to introduce 14 A330neo aircraft from Airbus – exclusively powered by the Trent 7000 engine, the seventh member of a Trent family that has now accumulated more than 125 million engine flying hours.
Shai Weiss, CEO, Virgin Atlantic, said: “A fundamental part of our strategy is collaboration with partners and our announcement today with Airbus and Rolls-Royce, following the launch of our A350-1000 this summer, takes our partnership to the next level. The Trent 7000 and the A330-900neo will play a pivotal role in our fleet transformation.
“We will be proud to operate the youngest, cleanest fleet yet, with an average age of just five years. It also allows us to continue innovating for our customers to create an on-board experience we know they will love.”
Chris Cholerton, Rolls-Royce, President – Civil Aerospace, said: “This fleet expansion is another great endorsement of both the A330neo and Trent 7000, our very latest version of the Trent. We are deeply grateful for the trust that Virgin Atlantic has placed in us – soon their entire fleet will be 100% Rolls-Royce powered.”
The Trent 7000 will be the fifth Trent variant to enter service with Virgin Atlantic, the others being Trent 500, Trent 700, Trent 1000 and Trent XWB.