Ethiopian Airlines has elected 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 CEO, 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% 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.