Bondholder Rolls-Royce secured a deal worth a record £6.1bn in April, to supply Emirates Airlines with engines for 50 double-decker Airbus A380 planes. The aerospace giant has now confirmed that production for these engines will take place in its Derby HQ.
When the deal was first announced, it was believed that a majority of the assembly would take place at its engineering base in Singapore. However, this week the company confirmed that work on the Trent 900 engines would commence in Derby.
This announcement strengthens the aerospace icon’s commitment to the city and its local supply chain.
Rolls-Royce now has more than a 50% share in all engines for A380 planes, and has supplied Emirates since 1996.
Sir Tim Clark, Emirates Airline, President, said: “Rolls-Royce is a key partner for Emirates and we have been impressed with its commitment to continual improvements in the economic and operational performance of the Trent 900. These improvements have been decisive factors in our selection of the product for 50 of our A380s. Today’s announcement is significant not only because it cements the partnership between Emirates and Rolls-Royce, but also because of the significant economic impact that this will have on aviation manufacturing in the UK and Europe.”