Rolls-Royce announced that it has delivered its 100th Pearl 15 engine to its Canada-Montreal-based customer Bombardier. The engine, developed and manufactured at the Dahlewitz facility near Berlin, Germany, is the first member of the exclusive Pearl engine family and is a tailor-made option for Bombardier's newest business jets, the Global 5500 and Global 6500. The engine has been specially designed for these two aircraft, which incorporates Bombardier's unique comfort flight technology and has the longest range and widest cabin in its category.
Nuno Taborda, Senior Vice President Production Programs for Rolls-Royce Germany, said: “The delivery of this engine is; It is an important milestone for us, both showing the maturity level of the program and reaffirming our confidence in the potential of the Pearl product line. I would like to thank all Bombardier employees for their teamwork and efforts with us in making this plane and engine such a great success.”
Paul Sislian, Bombardier Vice President of Operations and Operational Excellence, said: “I would like to thank the Rolls-Royce teams for their industry innovation and their commitment to achieving excellence. This landmark delivery is a testament to the success of our Global 5500 and Global 6500 business jets since they entered service, and the Pearl 15 engine greatly contributes to providing our customers with an exceptional flight experience and superior comfort.”
Having delivered a total of more than 800 engines to Bombardier to date, the Dahlewitz plant began production in June 1995 and today employs approximately 2 people. The facility, which is Rolls-Royce's Center of Excellence for business jet engines, plays an important role in the company's global manufacturing and development footprint.
In addition to the Pearl family, the engine of the BR710 and BR725 business jets is also assembled at the facility. Dahlewitz is also hosting the development and testing of the new power transmission for Rolls-Royce's UltraFan® demonstrator. This demonstrator is the basis for a potential new family of UltraFan engines that can power both narrow and wide-body aircraft and deliver a 25 percent fuel efficiency improvement over the first-generation Trent engine.