Finnair opts for Rolls-Royce Engines for Airbus A350s

Travel News Asia 21 March 2006

Finnair has selected the engines that will power the new long-haul aircraft it will acquire at the beginning of the next decade. The new generation Airbus A350 aircraft will be fitted with Trent 1700 engines, manufactured by Rolls-Royce. At list prices, the value of the order is nearly 400 million euros. Finnair has fixed orders for nine wide-bodied aircraft and options for four more.

Fleet modernisation is essential for Finnairs competitiveness. A modern fleet is part of our high-quality product. At the same time, new technology also brings savings in terms of costs. New engines consume significantly less fuel and are more environmentally positive than older engines, said Finnairs President and CEO Jukka Hienonen.

Rolls-Royce is committed to a series of challenging environmental targets, and by 2020 is aiming to reduce fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions by 50%, reduce engine noise by half, and cut NOx by 50% compared with typical large engines of the last decade.

The fleet modernisation is a key part of Finnairs Asian strategy. One or two new Asian destinations will be added each year. This year, Nagoya in Japan (June) and Delhi in India (November) will join the route network, bringing the total number of Finnair destinations in Asia to ten.

This spring Finnair will also acquire A340 long-haul aircraft. These will be powered by engines made by CFM International, which are currently also being used in the European and domestic traffic Airbus A320 series aircraft.

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