Trent XWB orders for Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce has received orders worth a total of nearly £5bn for its Trent XWB engines from Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) and Emirates Airline.

The aircraft leasing arm of Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) ordered Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines to power a new fleet of 30 Airbus A350 XWBs. The contract is worth $1.2bn (£0.62bn) at list prices with deliveries of the A350-900s due to start in 2018.

This is the first order Rolls-Royce has received from DAE, following the company’s formation in 2006.

Rolls-Royce also announced at the Dubai Airshow that Emirates Airline has ordered Trent XWB engines to power up to 120 Airbus A350 XWB aircraft. The business is potentially worth up to $8.4bn (£4.4bn) at list prices, if all options are exercised, including a long-term TotalCare services agreement.

The Rolls-Royce Trent XWB is currently the only engine available on the A350 XWB family. Emirates has ordered 50 firm A350-900 and 20 A350-1000 aircraft, with 50 option rights, due for delivery from 2014.

The Trent XWB is the fourth version of the Trent family ordered by Emirates and will bring its Trent-powered fleet to potentially 175 aircraft. Emirates operates 29 Airbus A330s powered by the Trent 700, 21 Trent 800-powered Boeing 777s and 10 A340-500s, for which the Trent 500 is the sole engine.