Rolls-Royce lands £3.2bn Airbus deal

Rolls-Royce has secured a £3.2billion order from Delta Air Lines to supply engines for 50 new Airbus aircraft.

The 25 XWB engines and 25 Trent 7000 engines will power the Airbus A350 and Airbus A330neo aeroplanes respectively. Nat Pieper, vice president of Fleet Strategy and Transactions at Delta Air Lines, said: "We are pleased to be working closely with Rolls-Royce to power aircraft that will be a vital part of our future, providing a new level of excellence on our Pacific, Atlantic and Latin American routes." John Rishton, Chief Executive, Rolls-Royce, added: "We are proud to be selected to power Delta's new generation of aircraft and look forward to deepening our relationship with a long standing and valued customer." The news comes just weeks after Rolls-Royce revealed plans to cut 2,600 jobs as part of an efficiency drive. The company says it has ruled out growth this year due to the impact of defence spending cuts.