Rolls-Royce AE Engines Pass 25 Million Hours
Roll-Royce's family of AE engines has exceeded 25 million hours in operation on corporate and regional aircraft. "There have been nearly 2,800 AE engines produced to date for all applications," according to the company, sharing 70% parts commonality. The AE 3007A, designed and built by Rolls-Royce in Indianapolis, powers the Embraer ERJ-135/145 regional jet, the Embraer Legacy 600 and Cessna Citation X, while the AE2100 so far accounts only 2 million of the line's hours and powers the named Saab 2000 twin turboprop. "There are more than 1,200 AE3007-powered regional and corporate aircraft and more than 50 AE2100-powered aircraft in service today," according to Rolls-Royce. The company calls its AE line one the most successful programs in Rolls-Royce history and a reflection of "the performance, reliability and efficiency of not only the engine itself but also the engineering, manufacturing and services teams dedicated to the program."