NBAA Convention News

Rolls-Royce shuffles the top of exec deck

 - June 30, 2008, 7:26 AM

Rolls-Royce North America has strengthened and reorganized the management of its Corporate Aircraft division. Ian Aitken, who previously had a split role as president of corporate aircraft and executive v-p of airlines for the Americas, will now be focusing entirely on the business aviation sector. Reporting to Aitken are Scott Shannon as senior v-p of finance and commercial, Glenn Brown as v-p of customer services and aftermarket and Alan Stiley as v-p of marketing.

Stiley is the most recent addition to the Rolls-Royce ranks, having just transferred from troubled regional and business jet builder Fairchild Dornier, where he was also v-p of marketing. Prior to this he had been with British Aerospace and Airbus.

Over the past decade, Rolls-Royce has emerged as the top supplier of business jet engines, achieving a 32-percent market share last year–powering 267 of the nearly 800 business jets delivered in 2001. Including joint-venture engines, it now offers powerplants with thrust ratings ranging from the 1,900-lb Williams/Rolls FJ44s (Cessna CJ1 and CJ2, Raytheon Premier I and Sino Swearingen SJ30-2) to the 22,000-lb to 33,000-lb International Aero Engines’ V2500 for the Airbus Corporate Jetliner. Rolls-Royce’s other bizav turbofans are the AE3007 (Cessna Citation X and Embraer Legacy), the BR710 (Gulfstream V and Bombardier Global Express) and the Tay (GIV). Last October, the BR710 was selected to power Gulfstream’s new Global 5000.

Here at an NBAA press conference this morning, Rolls-Royce is expected to reveal an updated forecast for business aircraft demand over the next 20 years.