Despite the announcement this week of Airbus’ recent decision to cease production of its superjumbo A380 in 2021, Rolls Royce is moving forward.
Securing an order for its Trent 7000 engines to power 40 Airbus A330neo aircraft from Emirates, the order will encompass Rolls-Royce’s flagship TotalCare long-term service support capabilities. Additionally, Emirates has ordered 30 Airbus A350 aircraft, powered by the Trent XWB, which will also be covered by TotalCare, providing a significant financial boost for the business.
Under the agreement reached, Rolls Royce will also manufacture Trent 900 engines for a further 14 Airbus A380s, taking the total Emirates A380 fleet powered by Trent 900 engines to 33. It supersedes previous deals with Emirates for a total of 52 A380 aircraft powered by the Trent 900.
“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,” commented Chris Cholerton, Rolls-Royce, President – Civil Aerospace
The company will continue to provide engines for the remaining Trent 900-powered Airbus A380s to be delivered to customers including Emirates, where it will support the whole Trent 900 fleet in service throughout its lifetime.
“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 travellers, for many years to come,” added Cholerton.