With British Airways taking delivery of its brand new 787 & A380 aircraft last week, pretty much all of the attention was on the aircraft themselves.
What very people commented on, despite it being such a great success story for UK industry, was the airline’s choice of Rolls Royce engines to power both aircraft. The A380 is powered by 4 Trent 900 engines while the 787-8 series is powered by 2 Trent 1000 engines.
British Airways is at the start of massive fleet investment program as its looks to replace its ageing fleet of 747′s and 767′s in particular. So far the airline has ordered 42 new 787s, 12 A380s, 18 A350s and 6 777s for delivery between now and 2021. Of these new aircraft, all but the new 777-300s will be powered by Rolls Royce engines.
Commenting on events last week, Eric Schulz at Rolls Royce had this to say: “We are proud to power British Airways into a new era of passenger service. Our technology is helping to deliver better fuel efficiency and environmental performance on a new generation of aircraft operated by a valued customer.”