Ethiopian Airlines has decided to take Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines and long-term TotalCare support worth $500m to power six Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft.
The decision marks a significant vote of confidence in the Trent 1000, Ethiopian having previously selected engines from another provider to power 13 Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.
Tewolde Gebremariam, Ethiopian Airlines, Chief Executive Officer, said: “We are pleased that the Trent 1000 will power this latest round of aircraft. We have confidence that it will deliver outstanding lifetime fuel burn, performance and reliability.”
Dominic Horwood, Rolls-Royce, Chief Customer Officer – Civil Large Engines, said: “This is a significant selection by a valued customer that continues the Trent 1000 success story. We have real momentum in the marketplace – in the last five years the Trent 1000 has been selected in more than 60 per cent of engine competitions.”
Rolls-Royce powered the very first Boeing 787 test flight in December 2009, the first 787-8 to enter service in October 2011, and the first 787-9 to enter service, in 2014.
Ethiopian has ordered Trent XWB engines to power 12 Airbus A350 XWB aircraft and has three RB211-powered Boeing 757 aircraft in service.