Major civil aviation deal inked at CIIE

Yang Jian
According to a letter of intent, Rolls-Royce will provide China Southern Airlines with 20 Trent XWB engines and maintenance services between 2019 and 2034.
Yang Jian

China Southern Airlines signed a letter of intent with Rolls-Royce for engine purchases and maintenance at the second China International Import Expo on Wednesday.

The agreement includes 20 Trent XWB plane engines and maintenance services between 2019 and 2034.

The deal is meant for the 20 Airbus 350 XWB jets that China Southern ordered in 2017, the Guangzhou-based carrier said. The first A350 was delivered to China Southern in June 2019 and the rest will be handed over by 2022.

The airline plans to mainly operate the A350 fleet out of the Beijing Daxing International Airport. China Southern is one of the biggest operators at the new mega airport, which officially opened on September 25.

China Southern is currently operating 30 passenger aircraft equipped with the Trent engines. They include three A350s, 22 A330s and five A380 Superjumbos.

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