Rolls-Royce joined celebrations to mark Vietnam Airlines becoming the second airline in the world to operate the Airbus A350 XWB, powered by the world’s most efficient large civil aero engine, the Trent XWB.
A formal aircraft handover ceremony took place at Airbus headquarters in Toulouse, France. The aircraft, which the airline has leased from AerCap, will fly to Hanoi, Vietnam, and will begin commercial service later this week.
Trinh Ngoc Thanh, Vietnam Airlines, Executive Vice President – Commercial; Philip Scruggs, AerCap, President and Chief Commercial Officer; Fabrice Bregier, Airbus, President and Chief Executive Officer; and Eric Schulz, Rolls-Royce, President - Civil Large Engines, attended the ceremony.
The Rolls-Royce Trent XWB is the only engine that powers the A350 XWB and more than 1,500 engines have already been sold to 40 customers.
The A350 XWB delivers a 25 per cent fuel burn improvement compared to previous generation aircraft. The Trent XWB is also one of the quietest engines that Rolls-Royce has ever produced for the wide-body market.
The engine, which powered the first A350 XWB to go into service at the start of this year, is the result of years of research and development and advanced engineering of more than 20,000 parts. It has been tested to extremes of performance on the ground and in the air around the world. It is the sixth member the Trent engine family which, along with the RB211, has built a reputation for excellence over four decades.
Dr Pham Ngoc Minh, Vietnam Airlines, President and Chief Executive Officer, said: “As one of the first operators of the A350 XWB, we look forward to providing our passengers with outstanding service using state-of-the-art engines that combine the best in both efficiency and reliability.”
Philip Scruggs said: “We are committed to modern, fuel-efficient aircraft to maximise economic and operational efficiency for our customers. The Trent XWB plays a crucial role in making this happen on the A350 XWB.”
Fabrice Bregier said: “We are proud to see Vietnam Airlines become the second airline in the world to operate the all-new A350 XWB. We are confident that the A350 XWB will enable Vietnam Airlines to consolidate its position as one of Asia’s leading international carriers, bringing its passengers the best the industry has to offer.
“We also thank AerCap for its ongoing confidence in our products and endorsement of their long term investment value. The delivery of the A350 XWB for Vietnam Airlines marks a new milestone in our excellent partnership with AerCap, together offering a wide range of modern and cost-efficient fleet solutions for airlines in every market segment.”
Eric Schulz, Rolls-Royce, President – Civil Large Engines, said: “We are very proud to be with Vietnam Airlines, AerCap and Airbus today to mark another chapter in the A350 XWB story. The Trent XWB is the latest example of our ability to take the best in technology to deliver new standards of excellence. We look forward to supporting Vietnam Airlines for many years to come.”