Aircraft manufacturer Airbus has said it will continue to make a superjumbo – which Derby’s Rolls-Royce supplies engines to – after securing a multi-billion pound order.
Airbus had threatened to stop making the A380 aircraft if it failed to land a major deal with airline Emirates.
But this week, the Dubai-based carrier announced an order for up to 36 A380s in a deal worth £11.5 billion, meaning that the aircraft has been given a reprieve.
Rolls-Royce, which has its civil aerospace division in Derby, is one of two engine suppliers for the A380. The other is the Engine Alliance, made up of General Electric and Pratt and Whitney.
The engine Rolls-Royce supplies for the twin decked aircraft is the Trent 900, designed and developed in Derby.
The Emirates order will be delivered from 2020 – although the airline has not yet decided on which company will supply the engines.
Rolls-Royce is one of two engine suppliers for the A380
Back in 2015, Rolls-Royce secured a deal worth more than £6 billion to supply Trent 900s to power a fleet of 50 A380s ordered by Emirates.
Reacting to the latest deal secured by Airbus, in a statement Rolls-Royce said: “We welcome this opportunity for the Trent 900 to be selected again by Emirates to power their additional Airbus A380s.
“We look forward to working with them on this, as we continue to expand the number of Rolls-Royce powered A380 aircraft in their fleet.”
Emirates is the biggest A380 customer. But doubts were cast over the future of the aircraft when the carrier opted to order a fleet of 40 Dreamliners at last year’s Dubai Air Show.
The Trent 900 was designed and developed at Rolls-Royce’s Derby site
Ahead of this week’s announcement, due to a lack of new orders, Airbus had threatened to pull the plug on the A380. The aircraft had until now not attracted an order for two years.
But thanks to the Emirates deal, which is for 20 of the aircraft plus an option on a further 16, A380 production will continue until 2029, if the airline decides to take exercise its option and take all of the planes.
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If Emirates signs off on the full deal it will have committed to a total of 178 A380s, which is more than half of all orders for the plane worldwide.
The A380 was designed to carry large numbers of people between heavily congested hub airports, where take-off and landing slots are at a premium.
The plane has twin decks of seats, and is designed to incorporate amenities such as bars, lounges, beauty salons and duty-free shops, depending on the specification.
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Source: Derby Telegraph