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Rolls-Royce Receives New Order for Emirates A380 Engines

Rolls-Royce Trent 900 Engine

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In a historical announcement (refer to this link for the press release), Rolls-Royce will receive a new engine order for new Emirates’ Airbus A380 worth an estimate €6.1 billion (US$9.2 billion).

Details

This is the largest ever deal for Rolls-Royce’s Trent 900 engines designed specifically for the Airbus double decker. The engines are also used on the same aircraft from British Airways (BA), Lufthansa German Group (LH), Singapore Airlines (SQ) and Qantas Airways (QF).

The order including installation and long term maintenance will be slated for the next 50 Airbus A380s ordered at the Dubai Air Show in 2013 with first delivery sometime in 2016.

The Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engine is one of two engine options available. The other is the Engine Alliance GP7000 series developed by General Electric and Pratt & Whitney. The Trent 980-84 variant of the engine (likely to be installed for Emirates) has the highest maximum takeoff thrust at 374.09kN / 84,098 lb which means the aircraft could have a heavier load without requiring more runway to take off. Additionally, Emirates chose this engine option due to its lower lifetime fuel burn, lower emissions and its satisfactory scores on meeting London’s noise requirements for arrivals and departures..

Analysis

This is a big win for Rolls-Royce is Emirates continues to be the biggest operator with the most order of the A380. This will also facilitate the company to work with Airbus in designing engines for the stretched version of A380 (should a business case exist).

Alternatively given the lack of A380 orders besides Emirates. This could be a problem for the GE/PW program. For the time being, they are still responsible for maintenance programs sold around the world.

 

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