INTERVIEW / ROLLS-ROYCE
Ewen McDonald, Senior Vice President, Customers & Services – Asia Pacific, Rolls-Royce
SP's ShowNews (SP's): What's the significance of participating in WINGS India 2018?
Ewen McDonald (McDonald): We are excited by the wonderful opportunities presented by the world's fastest growing aviation market and are keen to play a significant role. Wings India 2018, the premier civil aviation event in the country gives us an opportunity to meet potential customers and key stakeholders and showcase our more efficient, reliable and cleaner portfolio of products and solutions. In line with our vision to pioneer the power that matters to our customers, we're showcasing our cleaner and more fuel-efficient range of Trent aero engines – including the Trent 1000, Trent XWB and Trent 7000, which power leading widebody aircraft and are ideal to support the ever-increasing passenger volumes in India's aviation sector.
SP's: What are your views on India's growing aviation market?
McDonald: India is the 3rd largest and the fastest growing domestic aviation market in the world witnessing phenomenal growth in passenger traffic and this is expected to continue. To address the increased growth in passenger traffic, many Indian airlines are embarking on ambitious fleet expansion plans and seeking to induct widebody aircraft. This presents us with tremendous opportunities to play a significant role in India's aviation sector. With our technology leadership and our determination to pioneer the power that matters to our customers, we are well-positioned to support India's civil aviation growth with more efficient, reliable & cleaner portfolio of products and solutions.
SP's: What are the main advantages of deploying widebodies to manage India's growing air traffic?
McDonald: For an industry that is as competitive as aviation, there is an ever-increasing focus by airline companies on improving operational efficiency. Deploying widebody aircraft can lead to higher market share, load factors and revenues for airlines. On domestic routes, widebody aircraft prove to be a high-yield option for airlines, providing carriers more revenue per available seat mile. Improved fuel-efficiency not only reduces costs for airlines, and thus passengers, but it also contributes significantly to reducing the aerospace industry's environmental footprint.
Furthermore, widebodies provide a significant advantage at airports with restricted infrastructure, enabling airlines to carry more passengers to airports with limited slots. Airlines can also take advantage of their widebodies to free up a substantial amount of narrowbody fleets which can be used on newly opened regional routes. Additionally, widebody aircraft offer airlines the opportunity to offer the highest standards of passenger comfort and an optimal experience through better value-added services and more deck space for airlines to implement in-cabin features – something that is becoming a deciding factor in passengers' airline choices.
SP's: What benefits do Rolls-Royces' Trent engines bring to the market?
McDonald: One of the top challenges for today's aviation sector is to move towards more efficient products and solutions so that our customers can provide a cleaner, more efficient and reliable experience to travellers. Our Trent engines powering leading widebody aircraft are much more fuel-efficient, cleaner and quieter, allowing airlines to improve operational efficiency.
With a strong track record of delivering outstanding performance and reliability, we believe our Trent engines are the ideal choice to meet the requirements of India's ever-increasing passenger volumes.
Rolls-Royce is pioneering the power that matters so that its customers can give a cleaner, more efficient and reliable experience to travellers. At Wings India 2018, Rolls-Royce is showcasing its latest Trent aero engines including the Trent 7000, Trent 1000 and Trent XWB which offer the very latest in aero engine technology delivering fuel efficiency and environmental performance. The Rolls-Royce booth (Hall A Booth 31) also features a visualisation of a Carbon Titanium (CTi) fanset being developed for Rolls-Royce's next generation UltraFan® engines, and a quarter scale model of Trent 7000 engine that exclusively powers the new Airbus A330neo, along with interactive audio-visual content.
Ewen McDonald, Rolls-Royce, SVP, Customers and Services (APAC) – Civil Aerospace, said: "With rapid growth in India's civil aviation industry, we expect a significant demand for widebody aircraft by airlines. Our Trent engines powering leading widebody aircraft are much more fuel-efficient, cleaner and quieter than previous engines, allowing airlines to improve operational efficiency as well as offer better passenger experience. In line with our vision to pioneer the power that matters to our customers, we are well-positioned to offer our strong portfolio of more efficient and cleaner products and solutions and play a key role in India's growing aviation sector."
India's domestic air traffic nearly doubled to 117 million passengers in 2017 compared with 67 million in 2011, driven by a strong economy and low-fares and most airlines are pursuing expansion plans to support this rapid growth. Rolls-Royce, which early in the next decade expects to power more than 50 per cent of in-service widebody passenger aircraft, has a strong track record of supporting airlines' growth and helping them transition from narrowbody to widebody fleets.
In India, Rolls-Royce has been steadily building its capabilities across engineering, manufacturing, supply chain, digital and customer support to support local growth. The Aerospace Engineering Centre in Bengaluru contributes to global aerospace engine programmes. Rolls-Royce's R2 Data Labs set up a facility in Bengaluru last year, develops data applications that unlock design, manufacturing and operational efficiencies and creates new service propositions for customers. A strong commitment to India enables Rolls-Royce to offer the right combination of experience and new technologies towards India's growth ambitions.