Ethiopian Airlines signs $1.5bn deal with engine maker Rolls-Royce as it expands fleet
Engine maker Rolls-Royce has won a major order valued at $1.5bn from Ethiopian Airlines to provide Trent XWB engines for ten new Airbus A350-900 aircraft.
Ethiopian became Africa’s first A350 operator in 2015 and currently has four of its initial 14 aircraft in service.
The order also includes an engine maintenance plan for 14 Ethiopian Airlines planes already in service or on order
The Trent XWB is the world’s most efficient large aero engine and has been selected by more than 40 customers to date.
With over 1,600 engines ordered, it is also the fastest selling wide body jet engine ever.
The new order brings the company’s manufacturing backlog to over 1,500 engines, representing over 6 years of production from our facilities in the UK and Germany.
Tewolde Gebremariam, Chief Executive Officer, Ethiopian Airlines, said: “We have been impressed by the performance of both aircraft and engines in service, which gave us confidence to go forward with our order for ten additional aircraft which will bring even greater levels of comfort and service to our customers.”, AviationPross reports.
“A repeat order from Ethiopian is a huge testament to the performance of our engines in service. We look forward to continuing to deliver excellent efficiency to a customer that continues to bring the latest engine and aircraft technology into its fleet.” Eric Schulz, Rolls-Royce, President – Civil Aerospace, said, the report further said.