Emirates’ Airbus order welcomed by Rolls-Royce
Despite the fact that the Trent 900 – the engine that powers the A380 – production line will be grinding to a halt in the near future, Rolls-Royce has high spirits as they’ve secured Emirates a major customer for their latest Trent family members.
Emirates’ order for 30 Airbus A350-900s and 40 A330-900s means Rolls-Royce has not only secured contracts to provide engines for these aircraft, but also TotalCare maintenance contracts.
The Airbus A350 and A330neo families are both exclusively powered by Rolls-Royce engines, specifically the Trent XWB and Trent 7000 respectively, which are the most advanced and efficient large-turbofan engines in the Rolls-Royce engine family.
President of Civil Aerospace at Rolls-Royce, Chris Cholerton, reflected on the deal in the following statement:
“We welcome the news that Emirates is further extending its relationship with Airbus and Rolls-Royce. The addition of Airbus A330-900 and Airbus A350-900 aircraft to the Emirates fleet will make the airline one of the largest users of Trent engines in the world and we look forward to continuing to support them and their customers.”
Additionally, Emirates and Rolls-Royce have reached an agreement to power the last fourteen A380s on order with Trent 900 engines. All Nippon Airways has three A380s on order with the first set to be delivered soon. Rolls-Royce will also provide engines to these aircraft.
The shutdown of the A380 line does not mean Rolls-Royce will no longer support the aircraft. For as long as Trent 900 A380 operators fly their aircraft, Rolls-Royce will continue to provide support, including spare parts and maintenance.
Slack in the engine production line means Rolls-Royce can focus heavily on the Trent XWB, 7000 and 1000 engine programs as well as their upcoming UltraFan/Advance demonstrator engines which are set to be the successor of the Trent family.
As a side note, Cholerton added his stance on the A380 situation on behalf of the company:
“The A380 is a world class feat of engineering, much loved by passengers, and we are obviously saddened that deliveries will come to an end. We are very proud to have supported the aircraft with our Trent 900 engine. We look forward to supporting the fleet, as the A380 continues to delight travelers, for many years to come.”