LONDON, Nov 22, 2010 (AFP) - Britain's Rolls-Royce said Monday it had won a contract worth 1.8 billion dollars at list prices to supply engines to Air China for 20 Airbus long-haul aircraft.
Rolls-Royce said it would supply Trent XWB engines to power 10 of the new Airbus A350XWB aircraft and Trent 700 engines for 10 A330 jets which Air China recently ordered.
The company, one of whose Trent 900 engines failed on a Qantas Airbus A380 superjumbo earlier this month, forcing it to make an emergency landing, said in a statement that the "Chinese market is fast growing with a clear need for additional aircraft capacity.
"Rolls-Royce is well established in China, where it now enjoys a 56 percent share for large civil aero engines," it said.
He Li, Air China senior vice president, said in the statement that his company looked forward to "bringing the Trent XWB into service with our airline to provide us with fuel-efficient power for the A350 XWB and adding to our Trent 700-powered fleet.
"We have now selected this engine on four separate occasions. Our Trent-powered fleet now stands at 78 aircraft either in service or on order," he added.
The Trent XWB was specifically designed for the Airbus A350 XWB while the Trent 700 is widely used on the A330. Both are twin-engine jets.