Rolls welcomes JAL’s Airbus order

AirbusJapan300Britain’s blue chip aero engine maker Rolls-Royce has welcomed yesterday’s decision by Japan Airlines (JAL) to order 31 Airbus A350 XWB aircraft, which are powered by its Trent XWB engines.

The order, which favours the European Airbus over the rival American Boeing Dreamliner, saw JAL signing a purchase agreement for 31 A350 XWBs (18 A350-900s and 13 A350-1000s), plus options for a further 25 aircraft. This is JAL’s first ever order for Airbus aircraft. JAL and Airbus aim for entry into service from 2019, with the airline’s A350 XWBs gradually replacing its ageing Boeing fleet over a six year period.

The Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engine benefits from a close partnership with Japanese partners Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI), Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), IHI Corporation, and Sumitomo Precision Products (SPP) as well as other Japanese suppliers.

In a typical three-class layout the A350-900 seats more than 300 passengers on routes as long as 8,100 nautical miles. The A350-1000 is the largest member of the A350 XWB Family, seating 350 passengers on longer missions up to 8,400 nm. All A350 XWB models are equipped with the Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines.

Almost three quarters of the A350 XWB’s airframe is made from advanced materials combining composites (53%), titanium and advanced aluminium alloys.

This material is protected by copyright Ken Hurst 2013.

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About Ken Hurst

Ken Hurst began his career as a journalist in London over 30 years ago, working on a range of publications before moving on to weekly newspaper production in the newly-independent Zambia of the 1970s. He returned to the UK where his work included spells on newspapers and magazines, before moving to head up Norwich Union’s corporate affairs division. In the 1990s he moved on to freelance, co-own and publish the B2B audio magazine Sound and front the BBC radio Yesterday’s Papers programme. There followed six years as Business Editor at Britain’s biggest selling regional daily newspaper, The Eastern Daily Press, where he led an award-winning team and for whom he still writes a weekly socio/political comment column. Subsequently, he was Group Editorial Director at CBM, responsible for its UK and US magazine output – including The Manufacturer magazine – research-driven industry reports and live events content. Currently he is Contributing Editor at Works Management magazine publisher Findlay Media and Chairman of the consumer publishing house TNT Multimedia Ltd. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and of the British Association of Communicators in Business.
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