Rolls-Royce today confirmed that the Trent XWB will power the seven Airbus A350 XWBs ordered by US leasing company, CIT, in an order worth around $300 million at engine list prices. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in 2014.
Jeff Knittel, President, CIT Aerospace, said: “As the Trent XWB has been specifically designed for the A350 XWB, it will clearly produce the optimum levels of performance that our customers require. They continue to give us positive feedback on their experiences with the Trent series and I’m confident this latest version will maintain that reputation.”
Mark King, Chief Commercial Officer, Civil Large Engines at Rolls-Royce, added: "As an established and respected leasing company, CIT plays a big part in penetrating new markets with our products. Their decision to purchase these Trent-powered A350 XWBs signals their confidence in the programme and the products.”
The Trent XWB is the only engine available for the A350 XWB and will power all versions of the aircraft. It is tailored for the specific requirements of the family and is not compromised by a design based on other applications.