Over the past six decades, Rolls-Royce has made its name by becoming the leading provider of engines for business aviation, while powering some of the fastest, largest and long ranging business jets in the market. With over 3,300 aircrafts currently flying with its engine, it has benefited various companies to improve productivity, recording good economic growth and business efficiency.
Recently, Rolls-Royce made headlines when it announced that it has bought a Boeing 747-400 from Australian airline company Qantas Airways Ltd. for $70 million, a move that would help the company to test its latest engine technology and engines.
Reportedly, the engine manufacturer gained ownership of the 20-year-old aircraft from the AeroTec’s facility which operates in Moses Lake, Washington.
According to Rolls-Royce, it has employed AeroTec to transform the 364-seater airplane into a “flying digital hub” which would help the company to evaluate its latest engines for both commercial airliners and business jets.
Moreover, the aircraft would play an integral part in testing future and current jet engine technology which might further reduce emissions, record new benchmarks for efficiency and transform flight, while being tested at faster speeds and higher altitudes, claims the company.
As for AeroTec, their company would modify the airplane in two years. Meanwhile, Rolls-Royce added that it will run the 747-400 along with its previous flying testbed, a revised 747-200, after the modification is completed.
Incidentally, Rolls-Royce has also recently bagged a huge deal from the U.S. Department of Defense. Evidently, the company’s business unit was awarded a sum of $109,252,327 requirements contract to support the T56 family of aircraft engines with supplies.
For the record, the T56 is a modular design, single shaft, turboprop engine which features a gearbox that has two phases of gear reduction. It is a reliable, robust turboprop engine that operates in both civil and military aircraft worldwide.