CBI member Rolls-Royce joined celebrations to mark Cathay Pacific Airways becoming the first airline in the Greater China region to operate the Airbus A350 XWB, powered by the world’s most efficient large aero engine, the Trent XWB.
The first aircraft arrived in Hong Kong on 29 May and entered into service on 01 June, marking another milestone in the success of the Trent XWB, the latest member of Rolls-Royce’s widely acclaimed Trent family. Growth markets including Greater China play an important role in Rolls-Royce growing its share of the installed widebody fleet.
The Chinese civil aviation sector has grown significantly over the past two decades since the first Trent 700 engine was delivered to Cathay Pacific in 1995. Today, 20% of Trent engine orders come from operators in Greater China.
Cathay Pacific has ordered a total of 22 A350-900 aircraft and 26 A350-1000 aircraft. Its Rolls-Royce powered fleet also includes the A330, the Boeing 747, and the Boeing 777.
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