19 November 2019 08:43
A deal expected to be worth billions of pounds has been secured by Rolls-Royce in Derby. Dubai-based airline Emirates has signed an agreement to buy 50 A350 Airbus A350-900s, which will all be powered by Rolls-Royce's Trent XWB engines, designed and built in Sinfin. The contract for the fleet of aircraft was signed at the Dubai Air Show, taking place this week, by Emirates chief executive and chairman Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum and Airbus chief executive Guillaume Faury. The Trent XWB engine was designed and developed at its civil aerospace site in Sinfin where it is also built. Sheikh Ahmed said: "Today, we are pleased to sign a firm order for 50 A350 XWBs, powered by Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines.
"This follows a thorough review of various aircraft options and of our own fleet plans. "It is Emirates' long-standing strategy to invest in modern and efficient aircraft and we are confident in the performance of the A350 XWB. "In effect, we are strengthening our business model to provide efficient and comfortable air transport services to, and through, our Dubai hub." Together with its Trent XWB engines, these technologies result in 25% lower operating costs, as well as 25% reduction in fuel burn and carbon emissions compared with previous-generation competing aircraft, according to Airbus. Dubai-based airline Emirates first announced its intention to order the aircraft in February. Mr Faury said: "We are honoured by Emirates' strong vote of confidence in our newest widebody aircraft, taking our partnership to the next level.
This follows a thorough review of various aircraft options and of our own fleet plans. It is Emirates' long-standing strategy to invest in modern and efficient aircraft, and we are confident in the performance of the A350 XWB. "Complementing our A380s and 777s, the A350s will give us added operational flexibility in terms of capacity, range and deployment. In effect, we are strengthening our business model to provide efficient and comfortable air transport services to, and through, our Dubai hub." Sheikh Ahmed added: "This US$16 billion deal reflects our confidence in the future of the UAE's aviation sector, and is a strong affirmation of Dubai's strategy to be a global nexus connected to cities, communities and economies via a world-class and modern aviation sector." Chris Cholerton, Rolls-Royce, President – Civil Aerospace, said: "We are very proud that Emirates has chosen to enhance its fleet with the A350-900 powered by our Trent XWB. "We appreciate the trust placed in us by Emirates, which reflects the confidence they have in the performance of this engine.
"We look forward to this order further enhancing our partnership for decades to come." Rolls-Royce's relationship with Emirates began in 1996 with selection of Trent power and this Trent XWB will be the fourth member of the Trent family to operate in their fleet.