Lebanese carrier Middle East Airlines – Air Liban (MEA) has signed for Rolls-Royce (RR) support for the Trent 7000 engines powering its new Airbus A330-900neo fleet. The carrier is purchasing four new and two option Airbus A330-900neos due for delivery in 2021.
The contract covers long-term engine maintenance services, throughout the operation of the engine with MEA, the purchase of spare engines and supply of parts, an RR release said.
“We are committed to ensuring our airline is at the leading-edge in terms of using technology to provide excellent customer service and performance. Our new aircraft, and their latest-generation Trent 7000 engines, will deliver on that goal. Rolls-Royce TotalCare is expected to offer optimisation to our maintenance costs through long term engine maintenance services…,” said MEA Chairman – Director General Mohamad El-Hout.
MEA currently operates five Airbus A330 aircraft powered by Trent 700 engines, which will be progressively replaced by the new A330-900neos.
The 68-72,000lb thrust Trent 7000 features a bypass ratio double that of the Trent 700 improving specific fuel consumption by ten per cent.