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Rolls-Royce wins $700m engine contract for new Airbus Beluga XL

12 September 2015

Rolls-Royce has been selected by Airbus to provide Trent 700 engines and service support, worth $700m for five new Airbus Beluga XL air transporter aircraft.

Concept of the Airbus Beluga XL transporter (courtesy Airbus/Rolls-Royce)

The aircraft will replace the current Airbus Beluga fleet, which is powered by engines from another provider.

The Beluga XL, based on the A330 design, was launched in November 2014 to address the A350 XWB ramp up and the transport capacity requirements for other programmes. Compared with the current Beluga, the Beluga XL will provide Airbus with an additional 30 per cent air transport capacity.

Bertrand George, Airbus senior vice-president and head of Beluga XL programmes, said the engine has an excellent record on the A330 and is ideally suited to Airbus' requirements for the Beluga XL aircraft.

Rolls-Royce says the Trent 700 offers outstanding performance in terms of fuel burn, reliability, emissions and noise.

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