Rolls-Royce has signed an agreement to provide TotalCare Flex support services for Air Canada to ensure the availability of the latter’s Trent 700 until fleet retirement.

The deal marks a new milestone for TotalCare Flex, which has been designed for owners and operators of mature engines.

Rolls-Royce noted that until now, Air Canada fleet of Trent 700-powered Airbus A330s achieved more than 700,000 flying hours. The first aircraft is now reaching approximately 20 years in service.

Rolls-Royce’s TotalCare Flex meets the requirements of the aircraft operator and engine manufacturer with its maximising engine time on-wing.

Rolls-Royce Mature Large Engines programme director Adair Swan said: “This is further evidence of our commitment to transform our services, providing the right care at the right time for our customers’ engines.

“The Trent 700 is our most successful engine programme and kicked off the Trent family success story. As it reaches maturity, we can provide operators with this innovative and flexible service to guarantee the performance of the engine, right up to the aircraft’s final day in service.”

With the help of TotalCare Flex, operators will be able to reduce the cost of engine ownership, optimising cash flow for other parts of the business.

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Air Canada Operation senior vice-president Richard Steer said: “We are pleased to be the first Trent 700 operator to adopt TotalCare Flex with a long-standing, reputable supplier such as Rolls-Royce.

“This further extends the strong business partner relationship already established over the years Air Canada has operated the fleet of A330 aircraft and furthers Air Canada’s goal to operate mature fleets in a cost-effective manner.”

In February 2016, Rolls-Royce secured a $2.7bn order from low-cost airline Norwegian to supply Trent 1000 engines for the airline’s 19 new Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.