Aircraft engine maker wins crucial contract from Air China worth €1.3 billion.
After several weeks of uncertainty over safety concerns with its aircraft engines after one of them exploded on a Qantas Airbus A380 in mid-flight, Rolls-Royce has secured a deal to supply and service 20 engines to A350 and A330 aircraft belonging to Air China. The UK company had already won a contract worth a similar amount with China Eastern Airlines.
Delivery of the A330 aircraft will be timed for 2013 to 2015 and the A350s between 2018 and 2020. Plans have been drawn up to replace 40 Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engines on Airbus A380 aircraft around the world. This follows the engine failure on a Qantas flight that, as reported, forced the aircraft into an emergency landing in Singapore. Rolls-Royce says it has isolated the cause of the engine problem and is fixing the engines. Qantas, Singapore Airlines and Lufthansa operate 20 A380 aircraft between them, each of which has four Rolls-Royce engines.