Rolls-Royce Selected for $700m Beluga XL Transporter Contract

Bondholder Rolls-Royce has been selected by Airbus to provide Trent 700 engines and long-term TotalCare engine service support, worth $700m for five new Beluga XL transporter aircraft.

The engine has an excellent record on the A330 and is ideally suited to our requirements for this aircraft
— Bertrand George, Airbus Senior Vice-President, Head of Beluga XL programmes

The aircraft will replace the current Airbus Beluga fleet, which is powered by engines from another provider.

We welcome this decision to select an engine that is the clear market leader on the A330
— Simon Carlisle, Executive Vice President, Strategy and Future Programmes - Civil Large Engines at Rolls-Royce

The Beluga XL, based on the A330 design will provide Airbus with an additional 30% air transport capacity.

The Trent 700 has won more than 60% of new orders over the last three years and now accounts for 90% of A330 freighters in service and on order.