ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopian Airlines and Rolls-Royce signed an MoU for a TotalCare service agreement covering 22 Trent XWB-84 engines. The engine type exclusively powers the Airbus A350-900 aircraft.
Per Rolls-Royce, TotalCare is designed to provide operational certainty for customers by transferring time on wing and maintenance cost risk back to Rolls-Royce. It is a premium service supported by data delivered through the Rolls-Royce advanced engine health monitoring system.
“We are excited to place this commitment for 11 Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-84 powered Airbus A350-900 aircraft, which will be supported by a comprehensive Rolls-Royce TotalCare services agreement,” Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO Mesfin Tasew said.
Ethiopian Airlines became Africa’s first A350 operator in 2016, and has been a customer of Rolls-Royce for many years.
The latest order will complement the airline’s existing fleet of 40 Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-84 engines. Rolls-Royce also powers Ethiopian’s fleet of 10 Boeing 787s with their Trent 1000 engine.
Civil Aerospace Rolls-Royce Plc President Rob Watson thanked Ethiopian “for yet again putting their trust in the Trent XWB and Rolls-Royce.”
“It is proof that the Trent XWB-84 continues to perform and deliver for our customers. It is the perfect engine platform to support Ethiopian Airlines’ growth ambitions as a leading airline in Africa,” Watson said.
Rolls-Royce also congratulated the airlines on its continued route development that will see the airline launch its inaugural flight from Addis Ababa to London Gatwick, later this month. The flight will be operated by Trent XWB-powered A350 aircraft.
Currently, Ethiopian Airlines serves more than 145 domestic and international passenger and cargo destinations.