Delta Air Lines has signed a long-term service support contract for Rolls-Royce TotalCare offering on the Trent 7000 engines powering ten Airbus A330neo.
The agreement for the Trent 7000, the sole engine option A330neo, was announced by both parties on Nov. 16. It follows on from an earlier order made by Atlanta-headquartered Delta four years ago for 25 Trent 7000-powered A330neos.
Deliveries are anticipated to start next year, with the aircraft earmarked to replace older variants of the Boeing 767-300ERs in the Delta fleet.
Rolls-Royce has said that the Trent 7000, the successor the Trent 700 stalwart, has 68-72,000lb of thrust and will be able to deliver greater performance and economics compared to its predecessor. This will include the Trent 7000 improving specific fuel consumption by 10% while also contributing to noise reductions.
The engine received EASA type certification in July 2018, but deliveries have so far been sluggish owing to delays. Last month, the British engine maker said it expects to deliver about 500 engines this year, down from a previous target of 550.
Delta Air Lines has been ramping up its own aftermarket for the engine through its Delta TechOps services division, which is a partner company in Rolls-Royce's global aftermarket network. Last summer, it opened its new 127,000-sq.-ft. engine repair facility close to Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport where it will service new-generation Rolls-Royce engines including the Trent 7000, Trent XWB and Trent 1000.