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CATHAY PACIFIC CHOOSES ROLLS-ROYCE TRENT FOR BOEING 777

 CATHAY PACIFIC CHOOSES ROLLS-ROYCE TRENT FOR BOEING 777
 RESTON, Va., April 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Cathay Pacific has selected Rolls-Royce Trent engines to power its new fleet of Boeing 777 twinjet airliners.
 The airline has announced its intention to purchase 11 Boeing 777s with options for a further 11 aircraft. Deliveries will start in 1996 continuing through to 2000 if all the options are taken.
 The value of the business to Rolls-Royce is approximately $500 million (300 million Pounds). With this announcement, total orders for the Trent will stand at 254 firm and option engines with a value approaching $3.4 billion (2 billion Pounds).
 Sir Ralph Robins, Rolls-Royce's Chief Executive, said today: "We are delighted that Cathay Pacific, whose entire fleet is powered by Rolls-Royce engines, has selected the Trent for its Boeing 777s to continue this long-standing relationship with one of the world's most profitable airlines."
 Today's announcement also means that Rolls-Royce will have more Boeing 777 customers than any other engine manufacturer and a 28 percent share of announced business on the Boeing aircraft.
 Cathay Pacific's Boeing 777s will be powered by the Trent 800, the highest thrust member of the Trent family with a range of ratings up to 90,000 pounds of thrust.
 Cathay Pacific's selection means the Trent will have taken 58 percent of engine business for the new generation of Boeing and Airbus Industrie wide-bodied airliners in the Asia Pacific region, the world's fastest growing market for air travel.
 Three previous Trent orders from the Asia Pacific sector, including the engine's launch by Cathay Pacific with its order for 10 firm and 14 option Airbus A330s, had already placed Rolls-Royce in a strong position in the region. The Trent 700 has won 41 percent of announced business on the A330 worldwide. Cathay's will be the first Trent-powered A330s to enter airline service.
 The Trent has achieved more than 350 hours running in its development program. The Trent, which will have a range of thrusts from 70,000 pounds upwards, is currently undergoing a series of special tests on thrust reverser systems and noise characteristics.
 The formal certification test program for the Trent 700 will begin shortly. This version will enter service on the A330 in 1995, with the more powerful Trent 800 for the Boeing 777 following in 1996.
 The airline operates a total of 45 wide-bodied jets. Its 27 Boeing 747s and 18 Lockheed L-1011 TriStars are all powered by versions of the RB211 engine. Apart from the A330s and 777s, Cathay also has firm orders for a further seven Rolls-Royce-powered Boeing 747-400s and two 747 freighters.
 Rolls-Royce is a diversified engineering group operating worldwide in aerospace and industrial power markets. Exports count for 70 percent of the group's sales. Its product range includes aircraft, marine and industrial gas turbines, power generation, nuclear engineering and materials handling.
 The group's backlog stands at 6.6 billion Pounds (more than $11 billion). New orders include seven Tay-powered Fokker 100s for China Eastern Airlines. The Industrial Power Group has recently won 60 million Pounds (more than $100 million) worth of business for power generation and materials handling contracts.
 Rolls-Royce, through its main Aerospace and Industrial Power Groups, is a world leader in gas turbine engines for aviation, marine and industrial use; material handling equipment; and services to the nuclear power industry.
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