Cathay Pacific Airways has taken delivery of the 1,000th Trent 700 engine produced by Rolls-Royce. The engine will be deployed on the airline’s Airbus A330-300 passenger aircraft.
Cathay Pacific’s Engineering Director, Christopher Gibbs, joined Eric Schulz, Rolls-Royce’s Chief Operating Officer for Civil Aerospace, and Christian Favre, Airbus’ A330 Chief Engineer, at the Rolls-Royce production plant in the UK to witness the handover of the 1,000th engine at a special ceremony.
Cathay Pacific was the first airline to receive a Trent 700 and together with its sister airline Dragonair is now the world’s biggest operator of the engine. The airline group currently operates 48 Trent-powered A330 aircraft and has another 19 on firm order.
“The Trent 700-powered Airbus A330 is a world-beating engine-airframe combination that has achieved success as a result of its excellent commercial performance and passenger appeal over short- to medium-range missions. The Trent-powered A330 will go down as one of the most successful aircraft of all time,” said Gibbs.
“This product is a success story for Cathay Pacific, as it is for Rolls-Royce. As the largest Trent 700 customer, we have worked closely with Rolls-Royce throughout the life of the engine. The Trent 700 technology and Rolls-Royce support have helped us deliver our objectives and serve our customers,” he added.
The Cathay Pacific Group currently operates about 6% of the worldwide fleet of A330s and 12% of the Trent-powered fleet.
Pictured (from left): Christopher Gibbs, Engineering Director for Cathay Pacific, receives Rolls-Royce’s 1,000th Trent 700 engine from Eric Schulz, Rolls-Royce’s Chief Operating Officer – Civil Aerospace.