Rolls-Royce awarded $1.5bn

Rolls-Royce has won an order worth $1.5bn from Air China to supply Trent 700 engines and service support for 20 A330 aircraft on order with the Beijing-based carrier.

The aircraft, to be delivered from 2011, will take Air China’s Rolls-Royce powered A330 fleet to 43.

He Li, Air China senior vice president, said: ‘We have been pleased with the performance and service support for our existing Trent 700s. This was a major factor in our latest engine selection.’

As part of the contract, Trent 700 engines for Air China’s existing fleet of A330s will be retrofitted with enhanced performance kits.

Separately, Rolls-Royce announced on Saturday November 14 that Ethiopian Airlines has ordered Trent XWB engines worth $480m.

The engines, the first Trent purchase by the airline, will power 12 Airbus A350 XWB aircraft, with entry into service beginning in 2017.