Rolls-Royce Powers Entire New Midwest Express Fleet

Apr 11, 2001, 01:00 ET from Rolls-Royce

    CHANTILLY, Va., April 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Rolls-Royce today announced that
 it will power up to 90 aircraft for Midwest Express Airlines.  The airline
 will acquire up to 50 Boeing 717-200 twinjets powered by BR715 engines and up
 to 40 Embraer regional jets powered by AE 3007 engines.  The total value to
 Rolls-Royce is around $640 million, bringing the total orders won by the group
 this year to more than $5 billion.
     The Boeing 717-200s (20 firm and 30 options) will allow for expansion and
 replace some of the Midwest Express fleet of DC-9 aircraft, operated primarily
 on routes out of the airline's Milwaukee, Omaha and Kansas City hubs.
 Deliveries are scheduled to begin in February 2003 and continue until 2006.
     A further 20 firm and 20 option Embraer aircraft will expand and
 eventually replace some of the Skyway Airlines' Beech 1900D aircraft.
 Initially Skyway will acquire the ERJ 140, but ultimately the order will
 consist of a mix of Embraer regional jets including the ERJ 135, 140 and 145s.
 Deliveries are scheduled to begin in 2002 and continue to 2005.
     John Cheffins, President -- Civil Aerospace for Rolls-Royce said: "The
 selection of all Rolls-Royce power on this new fleet reaffirms our track
 record to provide reliability and durability.  As the engine partner for both
 programs, we are proud to welcome Midwest Express as our newest customer."
     Timothy E. Hoeksema, chairman, president and chief executive officer of
 Midwest Express Airlines, remarked: "We're proud to partner with Rolls-Royce.
 They have a strong image as a quality company, and we're pleased that both
 types of aircraft we will be adding to our fleet will carry Rolls-Royce
 engines."
     The Rolls-Royce BR715 turbofan is the sole engine for the Boeing 717, the
 only modern aircraft in the 100-seat market in production and available today.
 The engine is the cleanest and quietest in its class, combining efficiency and
 robustness.  Designed for the high-cycle airline operation of up to 12 flights
 per day, the BR715 engine is certified at a take-off thrust range of 18,500 -
 21,000 lbs.
     The Rolls-Royce AE 3007 is the engine for all Embraer production aircraft
 of 50-seats and under.  Over 400 aircraft have been delivered to operators,
 and more than 4 million flying hours will be accumulated by year-end.
     Firm orders for the Boeing 717-200 total 174, with aircraft currently
 operating in the US, Europe, Asia and Australia.
     The Embraer ERJ 135, 140 and 145 order book stands at nearly 1,300 firm
 and option aircraft.
 
     Rolls-Royce plc is a global company providing power on land, sea and air.
 The company has established leading positions in civil aerospace, defense,
 marine and energy markets. Its core gas turbine technology has created one of
 the broadest product ranges of aero engines in the world, with 55,000 engines
 in service in over 150 countries.  Customers include more than 500 airlines,
 2,400 corporate and utility operators and 160 armed forces, using both fixed
 and rotary wing aircraft.
     Rolls-Royce is the global leader in marine power systems with a broad
 product range and full systems integration capability. Over 2,000 marine
 customers and more than 30 navies use Rolls-Royce propulsion. The company is
 investing in new products and capabilities for energy markets, which include
 the oil and gas industry and power generation. It also develops its own power
 projects through Rolls-Royce Power Ventures Ltd.
     Rolls-Royce employs over 8,500 people at more than 65 locations throughout
 North America.
     Rolls-Royce pioneered gas turbine technology for aerospace, power
 generation and marine propulsion and is involved in the major future programs
 in these fields. These include the Trent aero and industrial engines, the
 Eurofighter Typhoon and Joint Strike Fighter combat engines, the WR21 marine
 engine and leading edge water jet propulsion systems.
 
     Internet links:
 
     Rolls-Royce:                   http://www.rolls-royce.com
     Boeing 717 homepage:           http://www.boeing.com/commercial/717/
     Embraer:                       http://www.embraer.com
     Midwest Express Airlines:      http://www.midwestexpress.com
 
 

SOURCE Rolls-Royce
    CHANTILLY, Va., April 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Rolls-Royce today announced that
 it will power up to 90 aircraft for Midwest Express Airlines.  The airline
 will acquire up to 50 Boeing 717-200 twinjets powered by BR715 engines and up
 to 40 Embraer regional jets powered by AE 3007 engines.  The total value to
 Rolls-Royce is around $640 million, bringing the total orders won by the group
 this year to more than $5 billion.
     The Boeing 717-200s (20 firm and 30 options) will allow for expansion and
 replace some of the Midwest Express fleet of DC-9 aircraft, operated primarily
 on routes out of the airline's Milwaukee, Omaha and Kansas City hubs.
 Deliveries are scheduled to begin in February 2003 and continue until 2006.
     A further 20 firm and 20 option Embraer aircraft will expand and
 eventually replace some of the Skyway Airlines' Beech 1900D aircraft.
 Initially Skyway will acquire the ERJ 140, but ultimately the order will
 consist of a mix of Embraer regional jets including the ERJ 135, 140 and 145s.
 Deliveries are scheduled to begin in 2002 and continue to 2005.
     John Cheffins, President -- Civil Aerospace for Rolls-Royce said: "The
 selection of all Rolls-Royce power on this new fleet reaffirms our track
 record to provide reliability and durability.  As the engine partner for both
 programs, we are proud to welcome Midwest Express as our newest customer."
     Timothy E. Hoeksema, chairman, president and chief executive officer of
 Midwest Express Airlines, remarked: "We're proud to partner with Rolls-Royce.
 They have a strong image as a quality company, and we're pleased that both
 types of aircraft we will be adding to our fleet will carry Rolls-Royce
 engines."
     The Rolls-Royce BR715 turbofan is the sole engine for the Boeing 717, the
 only modern aircraft in the 100-seat market in production and available today.
 The engine is the cleanest and quietest in its class, combining efficiency and
 robustness.  Designed for the high-cycle airline operation of up to 12 flights
 per day, the BR715 engine is certified at a take-off thrust range of 18,500 -
 21,000 lbs.
     The Rolls-Royce AE 3007 is the engine for all Embraer production aircraft
 of 50-seats and under.  Over 400 aircraft have been delivered to operators,
 and more than 4 million flying hours will be accumulated by year-end.
     Firm orders for the Boeing 717-200 total 174, with aircraft currently
 operating in the US, Europe, Asia and Australia.
     The Embraer ERJ 135, 140 and 145 order book stands at nearly 1,300 firm
 and option aircraft.
 
     Rolls-Royce plc is a global company providing power on land, sea and air.
 The company has established leading positions in civil aerospace, defense,
 marine and energy markets. Its core gas turbine technology has created one of
 the broadest product ranges of aero engines in the world, with 55,000 engines
 in service in over 150 countries.  Customers include more than 500 airlines,
 2,400 corporate and utility operators and 160 armed forces, using both fixed
 and rotary wing aircraft.
     Rolls-Royce is the global leader in marine power systems with a broad
 product range and full systems integration capability. Over 2,000 marine
 customers and more than 30 navies use Rolls-Royce propulsion. The company is
 investing in new products and capabilities for energy markets, which include
 the oil and gas industry and power generation. It also develops its own power
 projects through Rolls-Royce Power Ventures Ltd.
     Rolls-Royce employs over 8,500 people at more than 65 locations throughout
 North America.
     Rolls-Royce pioneered gas turbine technology for aerospace, power
 generation and marine propulsion and is involved in the major future programs
 in these fields. These include the Trent aero and industrial engines, the
 Eurofighter Typhoon and Joint Strike Fighter combat engines, the WR21 marine
 engine and leading edge water jet propulsion systems.
 
     Internet links:
 
     Rolls-Royce:                   http://www.rolls-royce.com
     Boeing 717 homepage:           http://www.boeing.com/commercial/717/
     Embraer:                       http://www.embraer.com
     Midwest Express Airlines:      http://www.midwestexpress.com
 
 SOURCE  Rolls-Royce

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