Emirates has signed a US$9.2-billion deal with Rolls-Royce for Trent 900 engines, as well as a long-term TotalCare package.
The engines will be used to power 50 Airbus A380s that Emirates ordered at the Dubai Air Show in 2013, anticipated to commence service in 2016.
The deal, which is the largest ever for Rolls-Royce, and one of the largest ever export orders for a UK based company, is part of Emirates’ ongoing investment in the UK and Europe.
The partnership marks a significant milestone for aviation manufacturing in the region, securing jobs across Rolls-Royce’s supply chain, from Bristol to Scotland.
Sir Tim Clark, President Emirates Airline, said, “Rolls-Royce is a key partner for Emirates and we have been impressed with its commitment to continual improvements in the economic and operational performance of the Trent 900. These improvements have been decisive factors in our selection of the product for 50 of our A380s.”
The A380 programme sits at the heart of Emirates’ growth strategy. Sixty of the vessels are currently in operation, with a further 80 on order, making Emirates the largest purchaser of A380s.
Emirates currently operates 16 daily flights from the UK with nine of these operating as an A380; five daily from London Heathrow, two daily from London Gatwick and two daily A380s from Manchester.
20 April 2015