A $300m order from Qatar Airways for Rolls-Royce Trent 700 engines for five Airbus A330 freighter aircraft was quickly overshadowed today as the Derby-based firm announced it would be supplying Trent XWB engines worth $5bn to power 50 Airbus Etihad Airways A350 XWB aircraft.
The order for five Airbus A330 Freighters and eight options was announced by the airline on the first day of the Dubai Air Show.
Meanwhile, Etihad, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, ordered 24 A350-900 Regional, 16 A350-900 and 10 A350-1000 aircraft.
The order takes the total number of Etihad A350 aircraft on order to 62, all powered by the Trent XWB.
Rolls’ Tony Wood said: “This is a significant order for the Trent XWB from a valued customer. We are delighted that Etihad Airways is continuing to expand its fleet of Rolls-Royce powered aircraft and we look forward to developing our relationship further. The Trent XWB is the largest-selling Trent engine, with more than 1,600 on order prior to entry into service next year.”
Copyright Ken Hurst 2013