Emirates engine order valued at $1.5 billion

Emirates, the international airline of the UAE, has signed an agreement with the GE-P&W Engine Alliance to purchase the GP7000 engine family to power the airline’s Super Jumbo Airbus A380-800 aircraft.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed earlier this year at the Singapore Air Show for 88 firm GP7200 engines, an order that has a list price, including options, of approximately $1.5 billion. It is reportedly the largest single engine order for the A380 aircraft.

Emirates’ order is for GP7270 engines, rated at 70,000 pounds (311 kN) of thrust, to power its 20 passenger versions of the A380-800 aircraft and GP7277 engines, rated at 76,500 (340 kN) pounds of thrust, to power the two freighters included in the aircraft order.

Emirates is the main launch customer of the A380, with 22 firm aircraft and 10 options. The first aircraft is expected to be delivered by September 2006.