The business jet market still faces a delivery trough this year and next, but engine-builder Rolls-Royce foresees a slow upturn in 2005 that should continue at least until 2012.
Rolls-Royce’s plans to build a greenfield factory in Singapore to manufacture and test the latest Trent engines came as no surprise given the increasing importance of the Asia Pacific region as a market for aircraft engines.
For military operators of Rolls-Royce-powered aircraft, technical assistance is only an e-mail or phone call away–24 hours a day, seven days a week. At the headquarters of Rolls-Royce Defence Aerospace in Bristol, UK, up to 15 engineers staff a defense operations center that has access to a vast range of data and toolsets on the OEM’s military engines.
Following the selection of its RB282 to power Dassault’s new super-midsize design at the Paris Air Show in June– beating competing designs from Snecma, Honeywell, Pratt & Whitney Canada and General Electric–Rolls-Royce has announced it will build a North American plant to build the newly launched 10,000-pound-thrust engine.
Dassault Aviation is progressing with its plans for a super midsize Falcon scheduled for an official launch at the end of the year. The French manufacturer has selected a 10,000-pound-thrust Rolls-Royce engine for the airplane, which is projected to enter service in 2013. The cooperation between Dassault and Rolls-Royce is their first in business aviation.
Rolls-Royce earlier this year was the surprise winner in the competition to power a new super-midsize business twinjet from Dassault with engines producing 10,000 pounds of thrust each. The competition launched a new engine family, referred to internally as RB282, after Rolls-Royce beat out competing designs from Snecma, Honeywell, Pratt & Whitney Canada and General Electric.
Having won the contract to supply new technology turbofan engines for the Dassault SMS, an emerging super-midsize business jet design from the French manufacturer, Rolls-Royce is in Atlanta this week exuding optimism for itself and the industry in general.
Dassault Aviation and Rolls-Royce are teaming in a partnership that stands to boost Rolls-Royce’s 34-percent market share in the business jet sector.
Dassault Aviation chairman and CEO Charles Edelstenne announced last month that Dassault has selected the in-development Rolls-Royce 10,000-pound-thrust-class RB.282-31 engine to power its new super-midsize business jet.
Rolls-Royce has revealed exclusively to Aviation International News details of an entirely new family of two-shaft engines under development to power business jets and large regional aircraft.
Rolls-Royce revealed exclusively to AIN details of an entirely new series of two-shaft engines under development to power business jets and large regional aircraft. The UK company, fresh from its success in winning the competition to power Dassault’s next new business jet, said the aircraft is only the first in a series of potential applications.