Sunderland Rolls Royce plant to play ‘key role’ in company’s £6billion Airbus order

Rolls-Royce  photo of its Trent 900 engines.
Rolls-Royce photo of its Trent 900 engines.
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SUNDERLAND’S Rolls-Royce plant will play “a key role” in the company’s biggest ever order.

The firm announced it has signed a £6billion deal to provide Trent 900 engines and support to the Emirates airline.

This contract will give additional job security to the thousands of people who will be involved in delivering this order, both within Rolls-Royce and within our global supply chain.

The engines, which will power Airbus A380 aircrafts entering service from next year, contain parts manufactured at Rolls-Royce’s Pallion factory, which has around 330 permanent staff.

The company is to provide the Dubai-based airline with engines for 50 A380’s, that will be brought into service from next year.

The engine involved is the Trent 900, parts for which are also manufactured in Derby, Bristol, Hucknall in Nottinghamshire, Ansty in Warwickshire, Inchinnan in Scotland and Barnoldswick in Lancashire.

“This is great news for Rolls-Royce,” said a company spokesman.

“Here at Sunderland, we manufacture fan discs, cover plates and high pressure components for the Trent 900 engines, and will play a key role in delivering these engines.

“This order does not create any new jobs, however, this contract will give additional job security to the thousands of people who will be involved in delivering this order, both within Rolls-Royce and within our global supply chain.”

The Trent 900 powered the first A380 to go into commercial service in 2007, with Singapore Airlines, and Rolls has had a long association with Emirates, which has 60 superjumbos in its fleet and 80 on order.

Emirates operates 16 daily flights from the UK, nine of which use A380s whose wings are made in the UK. The deal, which includes a long-term after-care package, was announced in London yesterday.

The decision confirms the Trent 900 as the engine of choice on the four-engine A380. The engines have a more than 50 per cent share of the market for the plane, in addition to being selected by the majority of A380 customers.

Rolls-Royce chief executive officer, John Rishton said: “The success of Emirates over the last 30 years has been extraordinary.

“Rolls-Royce has been proud to have been part of this success, powering Emirates aircraft since 1996.

“We are delighted that Emirates has again placed its trust in our technology, with the biggest order in our history.

Emirates president Sir Tim Clark said the new deal was the latest step in a successful partnership between the two companies.

“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,” said Sir Clark.

“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 significant economic impact that this will have on aviation manufacturing in the UK and Europe.”

The Trent 900 powered the first commercial A380 in 2007 and is now used by eight operators on more than 70 aircraft, having logged more than four million in-service flight hours.

The engine offers the lowest lifetime fuel burn, with the latest version including technology developed for the Trent XWB and Trent 1000 engines.