Rolls-Royce powers Monarch’s fleet

Monarch Airlines has agreed to buy Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines to power its new fleet of Boeing 787 Dreamliners in a deal worth $1 billion at list prices including a support agreement.

The Trent-powered 787 twinjets, scheduled for delivery from 2010, will form the core of Monarch’s long-haul operation, replacing some of the older aircraft it currently operates.

The deal represents the first UK Trent 1000 order and comes as Monarch and Rolls-Royce celebrate 25 years of working together.

Monarch currently operates nine Rolls-Royce powered aircraft, comprising two Airbus A330s and seven Boeing 757s.