Emirates has signed an historic USD 9.2 billion deal with Rolls-Royce for Trent 900 engines and a long-term, customised engine management and maintenance package.
The engines will be used to power 50 Airbus A380s ordered at the Dubai Air Show in 2013. The planes will begin entering service in 2016. The deal is the largest ever for Rolls-Royce, and one of the largest-ever export orders for a UK-based company.
Emirates proclaimed the deal as part of its “ongoing investment into the UK and Europe”. It is no doubt keen to make that point, as some European carriers are suspicious of its growing muscle in the region.
An Emirates statement described the partnership with Rolls-Royce as marking a significant milestone for aviation manufacturing in the region, “securing jobs across Rolls-Royce’s supply chain, from Bristol to Scotland”.
“It will further support trade ties between the UK and the United Arab Emirates, building on the estimated USD 13.4 billion (EUR 12.7 billion) of bilateral trade recorded in 2013,” the airline stated.
Emirates Airline president, Tim Clark, 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. Today’s announcement is significant not only because it cements the partnership between Emirates and Rolls-Royce, but also because of the large and sustained economic impact that this will have on aviation manufacturing in the UK and Europe.”
Rolls-Royce chief executive, John Rishton, said: “The success of Emirates over the last thirty years has been extraordinary. Rolls-Royce has been proud to have been part of this success, powering Emirates aircraft since 1996. We are delighted that Emirates has again placed its trust in our technology, with the biggest order in our history.”
Emirates currently operates 60 A380s, with a further 80 on order, making Emirates by far the largest purchaser of the aircraft. Since its introduction in 2008, over 36 million of the airline’s passengers have flown on the aircraft.
Edited by : Peter Needham