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Air Pacific Selects Rolls-Royce to Power Its New Fleet

Trent 700 Engine to Power the Airline’s New Airbus A330-200s

Fiji’s national airline Air Pacific today announced that it has selected Rolls-Royce’s Trent 700 engines to power its three new Airbus A330-200 aircraft. The agreement with Rolls-Royce, which also includes long-term support services, is valued at F$370 million (US $210m) at today's list prices.

David Pflieger, Air Pacific’s Managing Director and CEO, announced the order at the annual Singapore Airshow. “Our decision to invest in the Trent engine, the only engine specifically designed for the A330 and the market leader for this aircraft, is another exciting indicator of the strong momentum behind Air Pacific’s revitalisation plan.”

“Rolls-Royce, with its best-in-class products and leading-edge, environmentally friendly technologies, is the right partner for us as we prepare to welcome our new state-of-the-art Airbus A330s into our fleet.”

Bruce Blythe, Rolls-Royce’s Senior Vice President – Civil Aerospace, said in a statement: “We are delighted Air Pacific is putting trust in our engines for their new wide-body fleet. We look forward to a long and mutually rewarding relationship with the airline.”

Air Pacific announced the order of three brand new Airbus A330-200s in October, 2011, lauding it as a “landmark acquisition.” The first-ever purchase of new wide-body aircraft marked a milestone in the airline’s 62-year history. The new aircraft will begin arriving in March 2013, and will be operated on flights to Fiji from Sydney, Auckland, Hong Kong and Los Angeles.

“We have a winning combination with the Airbus A330-200 and the Rolls-Royce Trent 700,” Air Pacific’s CEO noted. “These two market-leading innovators, with superior safety, service, operational and environmental performance track records, will be ideal partners for us as we pursue our goal to become the preferred airline in the South Pacific.

“When our new planes take to the sky next year, Fijians can be proud of their national airline and our passengers can be confident they will enjoy our world-renowned customer service in relaxing style and spacious comfort.”

“We are making great progress with the renewal and revitalisation of Fiji's national airline, and while we are now in our 24 month "pardon our dust" period of changes and transition, there will be a lot to cheer about when we are done.”

“Thus, we want to again thank our customers for their patience and understanding and our employees for their hard work and dedication during our fleet and airline renewal efforts,” Mr. Pflieger said.

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