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Rolls-Royce wins $2.2bn orders

Rolls-Royce Trent 700 engineAircraft engine-maker Rolls-Royce has today announced two orders, together worth over US$2.2bn.

The firm has been selected by SAUDIA, the national carrier of Saudi Arabia to provide long-term TotalCare engine service support, worth $1.3bn, for 20 Airbus A330 Regional aircraft.

The Trent 700 powers more than 60 per cent of new orders for A330 aircraft over the lpst three years. The Trent 700 now powers 90 per cent of A330 freighters in service and on order.

The airline will operate the 20 aircraft in addition to the 12 A330s currently in service, also powered by the Trent 700.

Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser, Saudi Arabian Airlines, Director General, said: “We are pleased to be once again operating the Trent 700 for our latest aircraft. It offers excellent performance and reliability.”

Rolls-Royce also announced it had been chosen by International AirFinance Corporation (IAFC) to provide Trent 700 engines, worth US$930m, for 20 Airbus A330 Regional aircraft.

Moulay Omar Alaoui, International AirFinance Corporation, President and CEO, said: “We selected the Trent 700 as the best solution in terms of economics and reliability.”

Eric Schulz, Rolls-Royce, President – Civil Large Engines, said: “We welcome our customers' continued confidence in the Trent 700 as the best solution for fuel burn, emissions and noise performance as well as delivering unrivaled reliability for Middle East operations.”

More than 1,500 Trent 700s are now in service or on firm order, making it the largest in-service Trent engine.