In addition to Airbus’ busy Farnborough Airshow as a venue for high-profile announcements of the initial A330neo customers, this industry event also included the signing of industrial agreements with two key suppliers on this new engine option (NEO) version of the workhorse A330 jetliner family.
A ceremony in the Airbus pavilion this week formalized the company’s selection of Rolls-Royce to supply the A330neo’s Trent 7000 engines, as well as the Safran group’s Aircelle company as provider of its protective nacelle and the thrust reverser.
“Without the support of Rolls-Royce and Aircelle in a very competitive environment, we would not have been able to come up with the A330neo’s launch,” said Airbus President & CEO Fabrice Brégier, who signed the industrial agreements with both companies. “Obtaining the intended improvement in fuel burned of 14 percent per seat is largely thanks to the hard work of Rolls-Royce and Aircelle.”
Brégier added that the A330neo is intended to be a very low risk programme, enabling Airbus, Rolls-Royce and Aircelle to support the A330neo’s fast-paced 36-month development and certification for a targeted service entry in late 2017.
“Many customers need the A330neo’s capacity from 2018, and we are able to do it,” he explained. “Airbus will benefit from lessons learned on the A320neo programme – which includes selecting an engine that is largely developed, and benefits from existing nacelle components, which allows us to shorten the development lead time.”