Rolls-Royce has won a US$9.2 billion order from Emirates for 200 Trent 900 engines to power 50 Airbus A380s ordered at the Dubai Air Show in 2013.
The A380s will begin entering service in 2016. Emirates had previously selected Engine Alliance‘s GP7200 for its A380s, but appears to have be one over by the enthusiasm of the UK OEM towards a potential A380neo.
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. 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.”