China's selection of Tu-204 worth $200M to Rolls-Royce

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China's selection of Tu-204 worth $200M to Rolls-Royce

20 September 2001

Rolls-Royce has said it has received new engine business worth up to $200 million, including options, following China's decision to select RB211-535E4 engines to power up to 15 Russian Tupolev Tu-204 aircraft.

The aircraft selection is for five firm orders for Tu-204-120C freighter aircraft, the first of the type in the People's Republic of China, and options for ten more Tu-204 aircraft, in either passenger of freighter configuration.

Engines for three of the firm aircraft are already included in the Rolls-Royce order book. Three of the five firm Tu-204 aircraft will be purchased and allocated to China Southwest Airlines and two to China Northwest Airlines by China Aviation Supplies Import -Export Corporation (CASC). The first aircraft is scheduled to enter service in late 2002.

John Cheffins, President — Civil Aerospace, Rolls-Royce plc said: "China's decision to purchase RB211-535E4 powered Tu-204s is an important breakthrough. The region has strong long-term growth potential in all sectors of commercial aviation and this latest selection broadens the options available to Chinese operators.''

The agreement was negotiated by Sirocco Aerospace International, part of the Kato Group in Egypt. Sirocco Aerospace was created in 1996 to manage the Tu-204 aircraft programme with Rolls-Royce engines. In the same year Russian airworthiness certification was granted for the RB211-powered version.

To date, four Tu-204s powered by twin 43,100lb thrust RB211-535E4s have been in operation for more than two years with AirCairo, operating to Russian and European destinations as well as domestically on charter flights to Egyptian tourist centres

The Rolls-Royce powered aircraft is now undergoing European Joint Airworthiness Authorities (JAA) certification, scheduled for completion in time for the first delivery to China.

The RB211-535E4 is already in operation in China, powering a total of 44 Boeing 757 airliners with four Chinese airlines.

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