Emirates confirms $9.2bn Rolls-Royce deal to power new A380s.

Emirates Airline on Friday announced a $9.2 billion deal with Rolls-Royce for Trent 900 engines and a long-term Total Care package.The engines will be used to power 50 Airbus A380s ordered at the Dubai Air Show in 2013, which will begin entering service in 2016.

The deal, which is the largest ever for Rolls-Royce, and one of the largest ever export orders for a UK based company, is part of Emirates’ ongoing investment into the UK and Europe, the Dubai-based airline said in a statement.The partnership marks a significant milestone for aviation manufacturing in the region, securing jobs across Rolls-Royce’s supply chain, from Bristol to Scotland, it added.

Sir Tim Clark, president of Emirates Airline, said: “Rolls-Royce is a key partner for Emirates and we have been impressed with its commitment to continual improvements in the economic and operational performance of the Trent 900.

“These improvements have been decisive factors in our selection of the product for 50 of our A380s. Today’s announcement is significant not only because it cements the partnership between Emirates and Rolls-Royce, but also because of the large and sustained economic impact that this will have on aviation manufacturing in the UK and Europe.”

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John Rishton, CEO, Rolls-Royce, added: “We are delighted that Emirates has again placed its trust in our technology, with the biggest order in our history.”

Emirates’ investment in the Airbus A380 programme has had a significant impact on the UK and wider European economies. A recent Frontier Economics report identified that in 2013/14 Emirates’ investment in the A380 created 7,000 UK jobs, equating to a $630 million GDP contribution. Across the EU, Emirates’ 140 A380 orders are estimated to have supported 41,000 jobs, equivalent to a massive $3.6 billion.

 The A380 programme sits at the heart of Emirates’ growth strategy with 60 superjumbos currently in operation, with a further 80 on order, making Emirates by far the largest purchaser of the aircraft.

Since its introduction in 2008, over 36 million of the airline’s passengers have flown on the aircraft.

Emirates currently operates 16 daily flights from the UK with nine of these operating as an A380; five daily from London Heathrow, two daily from London Gatwick and two daily A380s from Manchester.

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