Rolls-Royce RB211 engines have been chosen by Qantas, Australia's international airline, to power its new long-range Boeing 747 airliners, the airline announced today.
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Commenting on the Qantas order, a spokesman for the airline said today: "Qantas has recently concluded the detailed evaluation of all jet engine developments for Boeing 747 aircraft. The study, extending over several months, involved assessment by engineering and financial experts of cost and performance data for the engines and discussions with overseas airlines that operate the various engine types available. Following this detailed evaluation Qantas decided to equip its next two Boeing 747B aircraft with Rolls-Royce RB211 engines."
Rolls-Royce chairman Sir Kenneth Keith commented: "Qantas is the fourth new airline this year to order RB211 engines, the first being the American flag carrier Pan American World Airways in the Spring. The Qantas order is further confirmation of the great potential that there is in world markets for the RB211 family of engines. It has now clearly established itself as a major power plant in civil aviation, and is the key to the future success of Rolls-Royce."
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Background: Rolls-Royce RB211 engines have been chosen by Qantas, Australia's international airline, to power its new long-range Boeing 747 airliners, the airline announced today. Since the present Qantas fleet of 17 Boeing 747s is powered by American engines, the order is a significant breakthrough for Rolls-Royce.
This new order follows an announcement for Rolls-Royce earlier this week that 1978 has been a record year for the company. It has signed deals which could be worth more than GBP 2000 millions. Exports for the year are expected to top 50% of sales.
The engine selected for the Qantas aircraft is the RB211-524B rated at 50,000 lb take-off thrust. The Boeing 747s with these engines will initially be operated at 820,000 lb all-up-weight. The number of orders and options for RB211-powered aircraft now totals more than 340 for 15 of the world's leading airlines.