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Green concerns prove the key in aviation deals

By John Dean - 23 May 2011 13:42:0 GMT
Green concerns prove the key in aviation deals

Boeing has finalised a deal with Lufthansa Cargo for five Boeing 777 Freighters valued at $1.35 billion.

Lufthansa has cited environmental concerns as a key reason for the decision. Karl Ulrich Garnadt, chairman and chief executive officer of Lufthansa Cargo, said: ''The 777 freighter is highly regarded for its fuel efficiency and a noise footprint significantly smaller than comparable freighters.''

Marlin Dailey, vice president of Sales and Marketing for Boeing Commercial Airplanes, said: ''Since entering service in 2009, the 777 Freighter has delivered on its promise of fuel efficiency, reduced emissions and lower noise.''

''The 777 freighter features the lowest trip cost of any large freighter and its long range and high capacity will help Lufthansa Cargo achieve its ambitious business goals.''

The 777 is the world's longest range twin-engine freighter. Providing cargo capacity normally associated with larger airplanes, the freighter can fly 4,900 nautical miles (9,070 kilometres) with a full payload. The 777 freighter is powered by General Electric's GE90-110B1L engines and meets international noise standards allowing it to land at airports where noise is an issue.

Also celebrating is global power systems company Rolls-Royce, which has won its first order from Taiwanese airline TransAsia Airways for an engine designed to dramatically reduce emissions.

The airline has chosen Trent 700 engines and a support package worth $150m to serve two Airbus A330 aircraft which will be delivered in 2012/2013.

According to Rolls-Royce, the Trent 700 is the only engine specifically designed for the A330 aircraft and produces the lowest emissions of all the engines available on the aircraft.

More than 1,300 Trent 700s are now in service or on order and Phil Harris, Rolls-Royce, Senior Vice President – Civil Aerospace, said: ''TransAsia Airways is well placed to benefit from growth in the Taiwanese aviation market. We are delighted the airline will be joining our family of Trent operators, selecting market-leading Trent 700 technology and support.''