SUNDERLAND’S Rolls-Royce plant will play ‘a key role’ in the company’s biggest ever order.
The firm announced today it has signed a £6billion deal to provide Trent 900 engines and service support to the Emirates airline.
The engines, which will power 50 Airbus A380 aircraft entering service from next year, contain parts manufactured at Rolls-Royce’s Pallion factory.
“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 decision confirms the Trent 900 as the engine of choice on the four-engine A380, with more than 50 per cent market share on the aircraft, 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 thirty 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: “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 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 over 4 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.