Finnair and Rolls-Royce sign contract on A350 XWB engine services
Finnair, the first European airline to operate the Airbus A350 XWB aircraft, has awarded Rolls-Royce a long-term engine servicing agreement for the new aircraft type’s engines. Rolls-Royce’s Trent XWB engines are used exclusively for the Airbus A350 XWB. The agreement brings Finnair’s entire A350 XWB fleet under Rolls Royce's TotalCare package.
"The state-of-the-art Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines power Finnair’s new A350 XWB fleet, which in turn powers Finnair’s growth strategy,” says Jari Huhtinen, Vice President, Finnair Technical Operations. “The world class engine servicing offered by Rolls-Royce, is one important element in maintaining the reliability record that Finnair is known for. The contract also helps us effectively manage the life cycle costs of the engines.”
“We welcome Finnair as a new TotalCare customer, and we look forward to providing services that will help ensure Finnair is fully supported through its A350 XWB entry into service and beyond,” says Bruce Blythe, Rolls-Royce, Senior Vice President – Customers, Civil Large Engines.
Finnair has firm orders for 19 A350 XWB aircraft, the first four of which are expected to arrive in the fleet in the second half of this year, with another seven in 2016 and 2017. The complete order will be fulfilled by 2023.
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Finnair flies between Asia, Europe and North America with an emphasis on fast connections via Helsinki, carrying more than nine million passengers annually and connecting 15 cities in Asia with more than 60 destinations in Europe. The airline, a pioneer in sustainable flying, will be the European launch customer of the next-generation, eco-smart Airbus A350 XWB aircraft and is the first airline listed in the Leadership Index of the worldwide Carbon Disclosure Project. The only Nordic carrier with a 4-star Skytrax ranking, Finnair has also won the World Airline Award for Best Airline Northern Europe for the past five years running. Finnair is a member of oneworld, the alliance of the world's leading airlines committed to providing the highest level of service and convenience to frequent international travellers.