An MoU has been signed between Rolls-Royce and Ethiopian Airlines for a TotalCare service agreement covering 22 of the world’s most advanced Rolls-Royce engines. The TotalCare service is designed to deliver operational certainty to customers by shifting time on wing (WOW) and maintenance cost risk (MCCR) back into Rolls-Royce’s hands. This industry-first premium service is backed up by data delivered through Rolls-Royce Advanced engine health monitoring system (EAMS), which helps deliver greater operational availability, reliability, and efficiency for customers. The Rolls-Royce XWB-84 engine powers the entire fleet of the state-of-the-art European widebody aircraft, the Airbus A350 A350-900.

Ethiopian Airlines was the first airline in Africa to operate the A350 in 2016 and has been a Rolls-Royce customer for many years. The order will be in addition to the airline’s existing fleet of 40 aircraft powered by Rolls-Royce’s Trent XWB- 84 engine. In addition, Rolls-Royce powers the airline’s fleet of 10 aircraft powered by its Trent 1000 engine.

MESFIN TASEW, CEO of Ethiopian Airlines Group, said, “We are delighted to announce that we have placed this order for 11 aircraft powered by Rolls Royce Trent X WB-84 and powered by the latest technology from Airbus, all of which will be accompanied by a full Rolls Royce TotalCare Services Agreement. We are eager to grow our fleet, acquiring the newest technology aircraft to provide our valued passengers with a comfortable and memorable experience on board.”

Rob Watson, President, Civil Aerospace Rolls-Royce plc, said: “Today’s announcement marks an exciting day for Ethiopian Airlines and Rolls-Royce. It is proof that the Trent XWB-84 continues to perform well and deliver for our customers. It is the perfect engine platform to support Ethiopian Airlines’ growth ambitions as a leading airline in Africa.

“We have enjoyed a relationship with Ethiopian Airlines for many years, and we would like to thank them for yet again putting their trust in the Trent XWB and Rolls-Royce. We look forward to supporting them with their global route development.”

Reliable and versatile, the XWB has proven to be just as efficient on short- and long-haul routes, making it the perfect choice for passenger and freight operators with a diverse network. The world’s fastest large aero engine on the road, the XWB, will also accelerate Ethiopian Airlines’ commitment to sustainability.

The first generation of Trent engines had a fuel consumption advantage of 15 percent over the second generation. The Trent XWB takes it to the next level with less fuel, delivering leading performance and quieter operation. The XWB is certified to operate on today’s 50% sustainable aviation fuel blend and proven to operate on 100% sustainable aviation fuel for the future.

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