Etihad announces record engine order

Etihad Airways has chosen GE Aviation, Rolls-Royce, Engine Alliance and International Aero Engines (IAE) to power the new Airbus and Boeing aircraft that it ordered at last year’s Farnborough International Airshow.

The Farnborough deal included 100 firm orders and options and purchase rights for a further 105 aircraft, which will be delivered between 2011 and 2020. The Abu Dhabi-based national airline of the United Arab Emirates announced firm orders today at the Paris Air Show for: 78 GEnx engines, to power its 35 new Boeing 787 aircraft; 45 Engine Alliance GP7200 engines, to power its 10 new Airbus A380 aircraft ; 44 IAE V2500 engines, to power its 20 new narrow-body Airbus A320 aircraft.

Rolls-Royce and GE Aviation will supply engines for the airline’s new Airbus A350 fleet and future Boeing 777 aircraft deliveries, respectively, as previously announced at Farnborough: 50 Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines, to power its 25 new Airbus A350 aircraft; 22 GE90 engines, to power its 10 new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. The firm orders for 239 engines, which include 19 spares, is worth US $7 billion at list prices, including maintenance contracts.

If all options and purchase rights are exercised, the total number of engines will be 469, at a list price value of US $14 billion, including maintenance contracts. This represents the largest engine order in commercial aviation history.

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