Rolls-Royce wins $1.8bn Air China order

ENGINEMAKER Rolls-Royce said today it had won a $1.8bn (£1.12bn) order from Air China to provide engines to power 20 new aircraft, its second major order from China this month.

Rolls-Royce will provide Trent XWB engines to ten Airbus A350 XWB planes and Trent 700 engines to ten Airbus A330 aircraft, the company said in a statement.

Earlier in November, Rolls-Royce won a $1.2 billion order from China Eastern Airlines, with the deal coinciding with a trip to Beijing by British Prime Minister David Cameron, who is looking to double Britain's trade with China by 2015.

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Rolls-Royce is already well-established in China, where it has a 56 percent share of the market for large civil aero-engines.

It is also a partner of the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre in Rotherham.

Rolls-Royce has had more than $4.5 billion worth of orders for Trent 700 engines since the start of July.

Rolls-Royce has been hit by safety concerns over a different engine type, the Trent 900, after a one of the engines partly disintegrated mid-flight, forcing a fully laden Qantas plane to make an emergency landing in Singapore on November 4.