Rolls chalks up orders worth more than $5bn

trentXWB300Britain’s blue chip aero engine manufacturer has announced new orders worth more than $5 billion (£3bn).

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

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About Ken Hurst

Ken Hurst began his career as a journalist in London over 30 years ago, working on a range of publications before moving on to weekly newspaper production in the newly-independent Zambia of the 1970s. He returned to the UK where his work included spells on newspapers and magazines, before moving to head up Norwich Union’s corporate affairs division. In the 1990s he moved on to freelance, co-own and publish the B2B audio magazine Sound and front the BBC radio Yesterday’s Papers programme. There followed six years as Business Editor at Britain’s biggest selling regional daily newspaper, The Eastern Daily Press, where he led an award-winning team and for whom he still writes a weekly socio/political comment column. Subsequently, he was Group Editorial Director at CBM, responsible for its UK and US magazine output – including The Manufacturer magazine – research-driven industry reports and live events content. Currently he is Contributing Editor at Works Management magazine publisher Findlay Media and Chairman of the consumer publishing house TNT Multimedia Ltd. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and of the British Association of Communicators in Business.
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