Engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce has been tasked with building engines for 70 new aircraft after airline Emirates penned an order from Airbus.
The order includes building 80 engines to power 40 Airbus A330neo models, and 60 engines to power 30 A350 planes.
Chris Cholerton, Rolls-Royce president of civil aerospace, said: “We welcome the news that Emirates is further extending its relationship with Airbus and Rolls-Royce.
“The addition of Airbus A330-900 and Airbus A350-900 aircraft to the Emirates fleet will make the airline one of the largest users of Trent engines in the world and we look forward to continuing to support them and their customers.”
The engine maker also said it would provide engines for a further 14 Airbus A380 planes, as the European plane manufacturer announced it was to cut production of the flagship airliner.
Cholerton added: “The A380 is a world class feat of engineering, much loved by passengers, and we are obviously saddened that deliveries will come to an end.
“We are very proud to have supported the aircraft with our Trent 900 engine. We look forward to supporting the fleet, as the A380 continues to delight travellers, for many years to come.”
A source close to Rolls-Royce said the cut in production to the superjumbo jet is “unlikely” to result in job losses, but did not rule out the possibility.
“We assemble the engines in Derby but we make fewer than one-per-week. In terms of the impact on jobs in the UK, it’s a small programme and we can reallocate people to other engine programmes so it’s unlikely there will be any.”