First Rolls-Royce-powered A380 delivered to Emirates

On the 29th of December, Emirates, the world’s largest international long-haul carrier, has received its first Airbus A380 airliner powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engines. The delivery came right after Airbus announced delaying the delivery of a dozen superjumbos to the Middle Eastern airline.

British engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce is going to supply powerhouses for a total of 50 A380s ordered by Emirates. The deal that was signed in 2015 is the largest order in Rolls-Royce history, amounting to $9.2 billion.

European plane maker Airbus has recently announced that the 12 A380 superjumbo jets – the biggest of its kind – ordered by Emirates will see a delay in delivery. The tardiness is reportedly related to the new agreement Emirates has signed with engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce. The delivery of two batches each measuring six aircraft originally scheduled for 2017 and 2018 has been moved one year to the future.

Emirates remains the biggest customer of the A380, currently flying 89 and waiting for 53 more superjumbos to be delivered. In November Emirates became the only airline to operate an all Airbus A380 and Boeing 777 fleet.