Ethiopian Airlines Orders $1.5b Rolls-Royce Engines for New Airbus Fleet

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Ethiopian Airlines has ordered 10 Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines to power the 10 additional Airbus A350-900 aircraft it recently ordered to further develop its fast expanding long-haul route network.

The Rolls-Royce Trent XWB is a British series of turbofan jet engines developed from the Rolls-Royce Trent 1000.

Presently only used on the Airbus A350 XWB, the engine is the world’s most efficient large aero engine selected by over 40 customers since its first run in 2010.

Rolls-Royce has more than 1, 600 orders for the engine, making the Trent XWB the fastest selling widebody jet engine in history.

Ethiopian’s order includes TotalCare, an aircraft care service that maximizes engine reliability and availability, for the aircraft and the four the carrier already has in service in a deal valued at $1.5 billion.

“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,” said Eric Schulz, President, Civil Aerospace, Rolls-Royce.

Ethiopian Airlines previously ordered Trent 1000 engines for six Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft for the last Paris Airshow, five of which are in service.

Ethiopian Airlines CEO Tewolde Gebremariam, Chief Executive Officer explained that the engines’ performance gave the company confidence to order the 10 additional aircraft.

The airline became the first African operator of the A350 two years ago.

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