Things are rockin’ at Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce today signed up new Trent aero engine business potentially worth up to $475 million with Emirates, the international airline of the United Arab Emirates.

During a ceremony at the Dubai air show, Emirates’ Chairman, H H Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al – Maktoum, and Airbus Industrie Chief Executive Officer Noel Forgeard signed a letter of intent for eight Airbus Industrie A340-600 aircraft.

Deliveries are scheduled to begin in 2005. Each is powered by four 53,000-56,000lb thrust Rolls-Royce Trent 500s, the sole engine available for the A340-600 and its ultra-long range variant, the A340-500. Emirates already has six A340-500s on firm order.

In addition, Emirates has ordered three Airbus Industrie A330-200 twinjets, powered by the 72,000lb thrust Trent 700. Added to its existing order of 24 A330-200s, 18 of which are currently in service, Emirates will become the world’s largest customer for the Trent 700.

Deliveries of the additional three aircraft will start in April 2003.

John Cheffins, President Civil Aerospace, Rolls-Royce said: ‘Emirates already successfully operates two types of aircraft with Trent engines and, with the Trent 500 on the A340-500/-600, it will be taking a third.’

Emirates operates a mix of Boeing 777-200 and 777-300s, powered by Trent 800 engines rated at 87,000 and 92,000lb thrust. Thirteen 777s are currently in service with the airline with a further 8 to be delivered.

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