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Rolls-Royce and Air China announce Joint Venture for new maintenance, repair and overhaul facility in Beijing

Rolls-Royce and Air China announce Joint Venture for new maintenance, repair and overhaul facility in Beijing

A new 50/50 Joint Venture, MRO facility has been announced by Rolls-Royce and Air China in Beijing, China. The new facility, known as BAESL (Beijing Aviation Engine Services Company Limited), will offer MRO assistance for the Rolls-Royce Trent 700, Trent XWB-84, and Trent 1000 aero engines. All three engine types are currently present in the fleet of Air China.

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BAESL will be able to accommodate up to 250 shop visits annually when it reaches full capacity, which is anticipated to be reached in the middle of the 2030s. The facility will provide MRO services to Air China and our other airline clients based in Greater China and elsewhere. Currently, more than 550 aircraft are in service or on order with Rolls-Royce powering 60% of China’s wide body fleet. Our Trent 700 engines also power 90% of the nation’s Airbus A330 fleet, and the Greater China fleet accounts for 20% of all Trent engines currently in flight.

In order to strengthen our partnership with Air China, provide clients with the highest quality of service, increase our business’ cost-competitiveness, and create additional MRO capacity as shop visits increase, this JV is a crucial component of Rolls-China Royce’s strategy. By minimizing the overseas shipment of engines for MRO activities, it meets our sustainability goals by balancing in-region development with in-region capacity and providing customer proximity.

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Additionally, the new facility will help our capable, competitive, and adaptable global Care Network continue to grow. Our plan, which was presented at our Investor Day in May, calls for expanding our MRO network in a practical manner in order to serve our expanding fleet.

“The launch of this JV is a key milestone for Rolls-Royce in China, where we have been powering the country’s airlines for more than 50 years,” said Chris Cholerton, President – Civil Aerospace, Rolls-Royce.

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The president of Air China, Mr. Ma Chongxian, stated: “Air China has long been committed to strengthening its aircraft maintenance skills and assuring the reliability of the fleet, while also working to enhance the industrialization of aircraft maintenance.

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Boeing 777-9 Begins Certification Flight Testing with FAA Onboard

Boeing 777-9 Begins Certification Flight Testing with FAA Onboard

The 777-9 has commenced certification flight testing at Boeing Field in Seattle. This is a crucial step under the supervision of our regulator to certify the airplane and deliver it to customers worldwide.

Amidst Boeing’s current challenges, the B777X stands out as a project that could revitalize the brand. It is highly anticipated, and Boeing is keen to clear FAA certifications to release it as soon as possible.

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The aircraft is two years behind its initial commitment date. During this time, the company has rigorously tested it under various conditions to ensure its readiness for commercial service.

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Boeing has announced that the 777X will be used for both passenger and freighter services, depending on customer requirements.

Boeing’s 777X program has achieved a major milestone with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) granting approval to begin certification flight tests, marking a significant step towards the aircraft’s entry into commercial service.

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The European Union granted approval for this merger in February, and Korean Air anticipates U.S. regulatory approval by the end of October.

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Following Airbus’ breakthrough with Korean Air, Reuters reported in April that Korean Air was considering a new Boeing order focused on the 777X, an advanced version of the 777 mini-jumbo.

Boeing 777-9 First certification

The first certification flight test of the 777-9 took place on Friday evening, with FAA personnel onboard alongside Boeing’s pilots and flight test team.

According to The Seattle Times, the aircraft departed from Boeing Field shortly after 6 p.m. and landed nearly two hours later after flying along the Washington and Oregon coast.

The 777X, an upgraded version of the successful 777 twinjet, features new engines and carbon composite wings with folding wingtips to accommodate standard airport gates.

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The first variant, the 777-9X, is designed to carry 426 passengers in a two-class configuration for long-haul international flights.

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Boeing B777x total orders

Boeing has secured 481 orders for the aircraft, with Emirates being the largest customer, having ordered over 200 units. The planemaker has already built and stored 22 777X jets, with an additional six in various stages of assembly in Everett, Washington.

Boeing is close to finalizing a significant deal to sell approximately two dozen 777X jets to Korean Air, with an estimated value ranging from $4 billion to $6 billion, as reported by Reuters.

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Industry sources suggest that the agreement could be concluded as early as the Farnborough Airshow in July. Korean Air, South Korea’s largest airline, has been in discussions about returning to Boeing for its long-haul aircraft needs.

The Boeing 777X vs A350 is one of the most popular comparisons among aircraft as of now. The Airbus A350 has been operating for more than eight years, and its promising performance helps airlines in terms of efficiency and customer satisfaction, particularly in noise and vibrations.

The next generation Boeing 777X can fulfill the same requirements, with 777x first delivery given to Emirates Airlines, the launch customer for this aircraft. It remains to be seen how the Boeing 777X vs Airbus A350 will compete against each other in the future.

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