Bahrain’s Gulf Air awards $900m deal for Rolls Royce engines.

Bahrain’s national carrier Gulf Air on Tuesday said it has awarded Rolls-Royce a $900 million contract for Trent 1000 engines to power 10 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners.In addition, Gulf Air also said in a statement it has the option to purchase the same engine to power six further Boeing 787-9s.

The aircraft all form part of Gulf Air’s recently announced wide-body aircraft orders, geared towards facilitating long term expansion capabilities for the airline’s future network requirement.

Maher Salman Al Musallam, Gulf Air CEO, said: “Gulf Air’s current wide body fleet are also powered by Trent 700 engines and, with this latest development, we look forward to continuing our longstanding relationship with Rolls-Royce as we take an important step forward in developing our future fleet.

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“We have experience of the Trent engine and its durability and resilience in a variety of operating conditions and we are confident the Trent 1000 will deliver the same outstanding performance.”

Eric Schulz, Rolls-Royce president – Civil Aerospace, added: “We are proud to be selected by a valued customer such as Gulf Air and this marks a significant success for the Trent 1000. It has developed a real momentum in the marketplace, winning more than 60 per cent of engine competitions in the last six years.”

Gulf Air’s restructured aircraft orders were announced in January this year at the Bahrain International Airshow and comprise 45 aircraft in total with deliveries commencing from Q2 2018.

Rolls-Royce powered the very first Boeing 787 test flight in December 2009, the first 787-8 to enter service in October 2011, and the first 787-9 to enter service, in 2014.

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