Rolls-Royce announced that it has received an order from Air India for 68 Trent XWB-97 engines, plus options to buy 20 more. This is the largest order in history for this jet model, which exclusively powers the Airbus A350-1000. Air India also ordered 12 Trent XWB-84 engines, the only engine option for the Airbus A350-900. It marks the first time that an Indian airline has ordered a Trent XWB and the deal will make Air India the largest operator of the Trent XWB-97 in the world. “The announcement marks an exciting and truly remarkable occasion for Tata Group and Air India; the size and magnitude of this request reflects the level of your ambition for the future. I congratulate them on taking this bold step to become one of the world's leading airlines and I would like to thank them for entrusting Rolls-Royce to drive them on this journey,” said Tufan Erginbilgic, CEO of Rolls-Royce.
In this way, the Trent XWB will support the ambitious growth plans of the Tata Group and Air India for the airline, providing reliability, flexibility and efficiency to its fleet as it undertakes ultra-long-haul routes between India and the US. The world's most efficient engine in service, the Trent XWB will also allow Air India passengers to travel knowing they have chosen the most sustainable long-haul aviation option available. With a 15% advantage in fuel consumption over the first generation of Trent engines, the Trent XWB goes further on less fuel and offers leading performance and noise levels. In addition, it is prepared to work with a mixture of 50% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). He added that the size of Air India's order reflects the growing demand for air travel in this country, which already has the third largest airline market in the world and is ranked as the fifth largest economy in the world. Industry forecasts show that passenger air traffic in India will grow by more than 6% per year and that the industry will need more than 400 medium and large aircraft to meet demand. This makes India a strategically important market for Rolls-Royce as it represents enormous growth potential for its products and services going forward.
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