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23 August 2019 by Alfred Chua, Singapore, FlightGlobal.com
Rolls-Royce has signed the first Trent 700 engine operator under its hours-based TotalCare Flex support programme.
The agreement with Air Canada covers the airline’s Airbus A330-300s under the hours-based MRO programme developed specifically for mature aircraft owners.
This means the Trent 700 will be the third engine type to come under Roll-Royce’s TotalCare Flex programme, after the Trent 800 and Trent 500 engines.
Cirium fleets data indicate that the Star Alliance carrier has 10 A330-300s in operation. Its oldest aircraft are about 20 years old, and the youngest about 10 years old. Rolls-Royce adds that Air Canada’s Trent 700s have achieved more than 700,000 flying hours.
TotalCare Flex is based on Rolls-Royce’s regular TotalCare support programme, and aims to give aircraft owners and/or leasing owners greater flexibility and control over the engine’s technical support through, for example, employment of used material to reduce maintenance cost as equipment nears the end of its service life.