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AVIATION | Tony Chua, Hong Kong

Cathay Pacific receives Rolls-Royce’s 1,000th Trent 700 Engine delivery

The airline is currently the world’s biggest operator of the engine.

Cathay Pacific Airways announced Monday that it has taken delivery of the 1,000th Trent 700 engine produced by Rolls-Royce. The engine will be deployed on the airline’s Airbus A330-300 fleet of passenger aircraft.

Cathay Pacific Engineering Director Christopher Gibbs joined Eric Schulz, Rolls-Royce Chief Operating Officer – Civil Aerospace, and Christian Favre, Airbus A330 Chief Engineer, at the Rolls-Royce production plant for civil aircraft engines in Derby, England, to witness the handover of the 1,000th engine at a special ceremony.

Cathay Pacific was the first airline to receive a Trent 700 and together with its sister airline Dragonair is the now the world’s biggest operator of the engine. The airline group currently operates 48 Trent-powered A330 aircraft and has another 19 on firm order, according to a Cathay Pacific report.

Commenting on the Cathay Pacific/Rolls-Royce landmark, Christopher Gibbs said: “The Trent 700-powered Airbus A330 is a world-beating engine-airframe combination that has achieved success as a result of its excellent commercial performance and passenger appeal over short- to medium-range missions. The Trent-powered A330 will go down as one of the most successful aircraft of all time.

“This product is a success story for Cathay Pacific, as it is for Rolls-Royce. As the largest Trent 700 customer, we have worked closely with Rolls-Royce throughout the life of the engine. The Trent 700 technology and Rolls-Royce support have helped us deliver our objectives and serve our customers.”

Since the airline’s first Trent-powered A330 flight to Singapore on 6 March 1995, Cathay Pacific and its sister airline Dragonair have completed more than half-a-million flights and operated over three million engine hours with Trent-powered A330s. The Cathay Pacific Group currently operates about 6% of the worldwide fleet of A330s and 12% of the Trent-powered fleet.

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