Turkish Airlines becomes world’s largest operator of Trent XWB engines

Render of a Turkish Airlines A350 in flight.
Image Credit: Airbus

Rolls-Royce (LSE: RR) has announced that Turkish Airlines will order 100 Trent XWB-84 engines and 40 Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-97 engines.

This news follows the recent bulk order placed by the Turkish flag carrier for 220 Airbus aircraft. This order included 70 of the A350 widebody aircraft (50 A350-900s, 15 A350-1000s and 5 A350F freighters).

With the XWB variants set as the A350 powerplant, this engine order effectively makes Turkish Airlines the world’s largest operator of Trent XWB engines.

A Triumph for Turkish Airlines


Turkish Airlines, known for its expansive network spanning more than 340 destinations across Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas, has experienced remarkable growth.

From a modest 10 million passengers in 2003, the airline’s numbers have skyrocketed to over 82 million in the past twelve months.

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This strategic move to acquire Rolls-Royce engines is poised to further propel Turkish Airlines into the realms of unparalleled efficiency and sustainability.

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The Trent XWB Engine


The Trent XWB-84, responsible for powering A350-900s, and the Trent XWB-97, propelling A350-1000s and A350F, are slated for delivery between 2025 and 2033.

These advanced engines will join Turkish Airlines’ existing fleet, which already boasts 40 Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-84 A350-900s and 26 Trent 700 powered A330s.

Tufan Erginbilgic, CEO of Rolls-Royce plc, expressed enthusiasm, stating, “Today’s announcement marks an exciting and truly historic day for Rolls-Royce.”

“It is proof that the actions we are taking to transform Rolls-Royce into a high-performing and competitive company underpinned by profitable growth are working.”

Ahmet Bolat, Chairman of the Board and the Executive Committee at Turkish Airlines, views this order as more than an expansion; it’s a testament to their dedication to innovation, operational excellence, and a sustainable future.

“The addition of these advanced powered Airbus aircraft to our fleet will not only enhance our operational capabilities but also significantly contribute to our environmental goals,” he said.

Global Impact and Economic Growth


Kemi Badenoch, UK Business and Trade Secretary, hailed the deal as a significant win for the UK’s aerospace sector, emphasizing its role in securing high-skilled jobs and driving economic growth.

This achievement adds to a series of victories for UK manufacturing, showcasing the success of the country’s plan for sustained growth.

The Trent XWB Advantage

As the world’s most efficient large aero engine in service, the Trent XWB, assembled in Derby, UK, promises to accelerate Turkish Airlines’ sustainability journey.

With a remarkable 15% fuel consumption advantage over the first generation of Trent engines, the Trent XWB not only goes further on less fuel but also boasts leading performance and noise levels.

TotalCare: Operational Support


Rolls-Royce’s comprehensive TotalCare service will cover the health and maintenance of the engines. Designed to provide operational certainty, TotalCare transfers time on wing and maintenance cost risk back to Rolls-Royce.

This premium service is supported by data from the Rolls-Royce advanced engine health monitoring system, ensuring increased operational availability, reliability, and efficiency.

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