Rolls Royce wins $5bn and $300m engine orders from Etihad and Qatar Airways

Rolls Royce said this morning that it has won a $5bn (£3.1bn) order from Etihad Airways for Trent XWB engines to power 50 Airbus A350 aircraft, along with a $300m (£251.32m) order from Qatar Airways for Trent 700 engines to power five Airbus A330 freighter aircraft. The announcements come on the first day of the Dubai Air Show. (Release)

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the Unite Arab Emirates, has ordered 24 A350-900 Regional, 16 A350-900 and 10 A350-1000 (pictured) aircraft. James Hogan, chief executive, said that the company has been "very impressed" with the development of Trent XWB, adding "The engine will enable us to offer new levels of efficiency and will help maintain Etihad's fleet as one of the greenest in the sky."

The Trent XWB is the biggest selling Trent engine, with more than 1,600 on order prior to entry into service next year, said Tony Wood, Rolls Royce's Aerospace president.

In a later statement, Rolls Royce said that it has secured the order from Qatar Airways. The Trent 700 is the most popular Rolly Royce engine currently in service on widebody aircraft, powering over 530 A330s with 58 operators. More than 1,400 are currently in service or on order. (Release)