Rolls-Royce Attempts to Become Sole A380 Engine Provider


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Rolls-Royce Holdings, a British multinational aerospace company, is currently making a bid to displace General Electric (GE) and Pratt & Whitney as the engine supplier for the new Airbus A380 aircraft for Emirates, a Dubai-based airline. Securing Emirates as a customer for Rolls-Royce’s Trent 900 A380 engine would be a huge success for the company, as the Gulf airline is one of the largest buyers of the A380 passenger plane in the world. Airbus, which has not booked any new buyers for the A380 aircraft since 2012, has been relying on Emirates airlines for approximately half the total aircraft orders. With this in mind, overtaking major suppliers GE and Pratt & Whitney as the engine supplier would catapult Rolls-Royce to the top of the aerospace engine industry. According to Rolls-Royce CEO, the company considers itself very well-positioned in the competition for Emirates’ business.

The Rolls-Royce Trent 900, although smaller than the engines of its direct competitors, has acquired a broad and notable range of customers, which include airlines such as British Airways, Deutsche Lufhansa AG, and Qantas Airways. Rolls-Royce, despite some recent job cuts, is still the second-largest aircraft and engine manufacturer in the industry. Their engines currently power the Boeing 787 and Airbus A350 planes and they are looking for expansion. Rolls-Royce is a major manufacturer and designer of civil and military aero engines, marine propulsion systems, and power generation equipment. The company is ranked 16th on the list of largest defense contractors based on defense revenues. Rolls-Royce reports annual revenue in excess of 15.5 billion pounds, with 1.83 billion pounds in operating income. The company employs approximately 55,200 people.

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