The Pearl 700 has become the newest member of Rolls-Royce's busines jet engine family, and marks the seventh new civil aerospace engine introduced by the compny over the past decade. Gulfstream's selection of the Pearl 700 to power its new flagship aircraft reaffirms Rolls-Royce's position as a leading business aviation engine manufacturer.
The Pearl 700 combines the Advance2 engine core, the most efficient core available across the business aviation sector, with a brand-new low-pressure system, resulting in an eight per cent increase in take-off thrust at 18,250lb compared to the BR725 engine. The engine offers a 12 per cent better thrust-to-weight ratio and five per cent higher efficiency, while maintaining its class-leading low noise and emissions performance. The result is an engine that is highly efficient, but also able to propel customers nearly as fast as the speed of sound (Mach 0.925).
It brings together innovative technologies derived from the Rolls-Royce Advance2 technology demonstrator programmes with proven features from the Rolls-Royce BR700, today's leading engine family in business aviation. This includes a highly-efficient 51.8” blisked fan, a high pressure compressor with a market-leading pressure ratio of 24:1 and six blisked stages, an ultra-low emissions combustor, a two-stage shroudless high pressure turbine and an enhanced four-stage low pressure turbine, that is one of the most efficient and compact ones in the industry.
Gulfstream CEO Mark Burns says: “The Gulfstream-exclusive Pearl 700 engines that will power the world's largest business jet at more than nine-tenths the speed of sound once again demonstrate the capabilities of the Rolls-Royce team. From our more than 60-year history with Rolls-Royce, we know it will deliver a first-rate experience to our Gulfstream G700 customers, from the capabilities of the powerplant to its comprehensive after-market support. We are excited to work with it on the industry's new flagship, the all-new Gulfstream G700.”
Rolls-Royce has also announced that it is further strengthening its global network of authorised service centres, while adding new services for CorporateCare customers. The company has 76 ASCs for business aviation customers with key maintenance providers worldwide delivering rapid customer response.
The latest developments of the Rolls-Royce Business Aviation ASC network include adding the BR710A2 to Constant Aviation's Rolls-Royce portfolio. Constant Aviation's sites in Cleveland, Cuyahoga, Orlando, Mesa and Las Vegas will now support both the BR710A2-20 and AE 3007A engines, powering the Bombardier Global Express, Global Express XRS, Global 5000 and Global 6000 aircraft and the Embraer Legacy 600 and 650.
The Rolls-Royce authorised service centre network is an extension of the On Wing Service specialists based in the USA, Europe, Middle East and Asia, as well as a number of spare parts and lease engine storage locations, all placed strategically around the world. Recently, Rolls-Royce opened a new store for business aviation parts in Beijing to support its growing customer base in Greater China and the Asia-Pacific.
The firm has also launched discussions to expand its market-leading CorporateCare Enhanced aftermarket service with Spectro and Jet-Care, one of the leading companies in business aviation for laboratory analysis of oil, debris, chips and filters.
Senior VP of business aviation services Andy Robinson comments: “Services are a true differentiator in business aviation, and our strategy is to be recognised as the leader in this market. We are listening carefully to our customers and constantly developing our service offerings. The newly-introduced CorporateCare Enhanced aftermarket service, which has already logged approximately 250 signed contracts, covers an even wider range of support items for our engines, including maintenance for the nacelle, engine build-up and thrust reverser unit-related services for the Pearl 15, BR710 and BR725.
“Our strategy is paying off and we are really proud to have won first place in Aviation International News' (AIN) annual independent product support survey. AIN is a very well respected publication so to be voted the best service provider in business aviation by our customers is a fantastic achievement.”
Rolls-Royce is also introducing an enhanced version of its technical publications, a digitally optimised version of the technical documents and maintenance manuals for business aviation customers. Having easy and instant access to the latest version of these documents is essential for operators and maintainers of aircraft engines.
The increasing use of digital technology is part of the Rolls-Royce IntelligentEngine vision, supporting the company in pioneering new improvements in customer care.
The new platform, provided by Flatirons Solutions, has been developed considering feedback from Rolls-Royce's unique Corporate Customer Council (C3), a customer communication forum that jointly shapes the future of business aviation customer support.
Rolls-Royce has also joined Bombardier Aerospace to celebrate the official entry into service of the Global 6500, which is powered by Pearl 15 engines.
The Pearl 15 has been purpose-built and will be the sole engine for Bombardier's latest business jets, the Global 5500 and the Global 6500. The engine combines innovative technologies derived from Rolls-Royce's Advance2 technology demonstrator programmes with proven features from the Rolls-Royce BR700, today's leading engine family in business aviation. The engine's pioneering technology, combined with outstanding performance, will support Bombardier's successful Global family of aircraft in reaching new standards in the ultra-long-range corporate jet market.
Civil aerospace president Chris Cholerton says: “The entry into service of the Bombardier Global 6500, powered by our pioneering Pearl 15 engines, makes us very proud and I want to congratulate the whole Bombardier team on this important milestone. Our successful relationship started over 20 years ago and I look forward to the outstanding capability of our new engine further building our partnership far into the future.”
Dirk Geisinger, director business aviation, Rolls-Royce, adds: “The Pearl 15 is a perfect example of our IntelligentEngine vision of a future where product and service become indistinguishable, thanks to advancements in digital capability. Our service teams on the ground will ensure that the aircraft has a smooth entry into service.”
Finally, Rolls-Royce has unveiled the Pearl 700, the latest addition to its Pearl engine family for business aviation. The purpose-designed engine, the most powerful in the Rolls-Royce business jet propulsion portfolio, is the exclusive powerplant for the brand new Gulfstream G700.