Thousands of UK jobs have been safeguarded as British Airways today announced that Rolls-Royce had won the contract to supply the engines to power the new Boeing 777s it ordered last month.
The British manufacturer will provide up to 64 of its Trent 895 powerplants, carrying a list price of £580 million (US$930 million), to be fitted on the 16 firm orders and 16 options placed for the Boeing twinjets by British Airways last month.
Bob Ayling, British Airways’ Chief Executive, said: “The race to win this engine order has been one of the most competitive in our history. The Trent 895 best suited our needs, and we were able to negotiate a great deal for British Airways - which, I am delighted to say, is also great news for British jobs.”
The Trent engines are assembled at Rolls-Royce’s Derby plant, from major components manufactured at its factories in Derby, Bristol, North East England and Scotland, securing 25,000 high technology, highly skilled jobs among the manufacturer’s UK workforce, and a further 8,000 in some 1,500 other UK companies. Rolls-Royce will also be responsible for the life-cycle support and maintenance of the Trent engines.