Since NBAA last year the business aircraft division – based out of the USA – has seen the BR710 engine celebrate two million engine hours and 10 years in service. Its Tay 611-8 celebrates five million hours in its 20th year in service and over the past year Rolls-Royce delivered 328 engines to its airframe partners and helped bring 160+ aircraft into service.
A work of art – and the painting’s not bad either. James M. Guyette (left) presents Gulfstream CEO Bryan Moss (right) with a painting recognising the delivery of 3,000 engines to Gulfstream.
“This is an increase over the previous year’s delivery number of 250,” says Rolls-Royce North America President and CEO James M. Guyette . The company expects to deliver nearly 400 business jet engines in 2007.
The milestones just go on and on. Before the show, Rolls-Royce and Bombardier celebrated delivery of the 500th BR710 engine with a ceremony at Bombardier’s manufacturing facility in Toronto.
The BR710 engine powers the high-speed Bombardier Global 5000 and ultra-long range Global Express XRS business aircraft as well as the Gulfstream 500.
Rolls-Royce has been supplying engines to Gulfstream for almost 50 years and recently celebrated delivery of its 3,000th engine to the Savannah plant. No other single civil aerospace customer has received more engines from Rolls-Royce than Gulfstream.
For the occasion, Rolls-Royce commissioned a painting featuring both the GI and G550 aircraft -- the first and latest Gulfstream business aircraft to be powered by Rolls-Royce engines – which was presented to Gulfstream Aerospace President Bryan Moss by Guyette.
Guyette said, “We are proud to have delivered 3,000 engines spanning four engine programs over nearly 50 years to Gulfstream. This milestone signifies the long relationship forged through trust and excellence.” The company has powered eight aircraft variants for a total of nearly1500 Gulfstream business jets using the Dart, Spey, Tay and BR710 engines.
The first Gulfstream business aircraft, the Rolls-Royce Dart powered GI first flew in 1958. More recently, the company powered three high-performance business jets into service in the past few years: the large-cabin midrange G350 (2005), the long range G450 (2005) and the ultra-long range G550 (2003).
Source: Flight Daily News