Guggenheim to fit Rolls' Trent 700 to A330 freighters

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US lessor Guggenheim Aviation Partners has chosen the Rolls-Royce Trent 700 to power a number of its Airbus A330-200 freighters, marking the first engine selection for the type.

The lessor, which became the first to sign a firm contract for the aircraft, has six A330Fs on order.

Rolls-Royce says that its agreement covers “up to” six aircraft – it is unclear how many of Guggenheim’s twin-jets will ultimately be fitted with the powerplants.

The manufacturer values the deal, which also includes a Rolls-Royce TotalCare maintenance package, at around $200 million at catalogue prices.

Rolls-Royce has been pushing to be the lead engine supplier for the freighter version of the A330; it already has a 42% market share of A330 orders.

Guggenheim will begin taking its A330Fs in 2010 although it will not be the first customer to receive the twin-jet.

Five customers have publicly committed to the A330 freighter, accounting for 40 aircraft, including US lessor Intrepid Aviation Group, India’s Flyington Freighters, Turkish cargo carrier MNG Airlines and Iceland’s Avion Aircraft Trading.