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Rolls-Royce to power up to 20 A350 XWBs

Feb. 14, 2008 - Rolls-Royce has announced an agreement with Synergy Aerospace to power its next-generation widebody fleet of 10 firm and up to 10 optional A350 XWB aircraft.


February 14, 2008
By Carey Fredericks

Feb. 14, 2008 – Rolls-Royce has announced an agreement with Synergy Aerospace, part of the
Synergy Group Corp. of South America, for Trent XWB engines to power
its next-generation widebody fleet of 10 firm and up to 10 option A350
XWB aircraft, due for delivery from 2015.

The business has a potential value of $880 million at engine list prices.

Synergy Aerospace is a holding company for three airlines – Avianca in Colombia, OceanAir in Brazil and Vipsa in Ecuador.

German Efromovich, President of Synergy Group Corp. said : "Synergy
Aerospace has important growth plans and requires next-generation
equipment to ensure maximum operational capability, lowest costs and
highest customer satisfaction. We are confident that the Trent XWB will
help achieve this."

Chris Cyr, Executive Vice President – Americas at Rolls-Royce ,
added : "This order further strengthens our relationship with Synergy
and its subsidiaries. The Trent series will provide Synergy with
unparalleled performance and reliability."

In June 2007 Avianca, the Colombian flag carrier, placed an order
for 10 Trent 700 powered A330-200s and 10 firm plus 10 option Boeing
787-8s with Trent 1000 engines.

The Trent XWB will be the fifth Rolls-Royce engine type operated by
a Synergy subsidiary. Other applications include the RB211-535-powered
Boeing 757, operated by Avianca and OceanAir; the Tay-powered Fokker
100; the Trent 1000 for the 787 Dreamliner, which enters service in
2010, and Trent 700-powered Airbus A330, scheduled to go into service
later this year.