Gulf Air, Bahrain's national carrier, has awarded Rolls-Royce a $900m contract for Trent 1000 engines to power 10 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners.
In addition, Gulf Air also has the option to purchase the same engine to power six further Boeing 787-9s, according to details of the agreement signed at the Farnborough International Airshow, last month.
The aircraft all form part of Gulf Air's recently announced wide-body aircraft orders, geared towards facilitating long term expansion capabilities for the airline's future network requirement.
“Gulf Air's current wide body fleet are also powered by Trent 700 engines,” said Maher Salman Al Musallam, CEO, Gulf Air. “We are taking an important step forward in developing our future fleet. We have experience of the Trent engine and its durability and resilience in a variety of operating conditions and we are confident the Trent 1000 will deliver the same outstanding performance.”
Gulf Air’s restructured aircraft orders were announced in January this year at the Bahrain International Airshow 2016 and comprise 45 aircraft in total with deliveries commencing from the second quarter of 2018. The announcement comes as Gulf Air's 2015 financial and operational results show an improvement in commercial sustainability and growing focus on managing and further investing in its ongoing growth and development.
The deal marks a significant success for the Trent 1000, according to Eric Schulz, president, civil aerospace, Rolls-Royce. “It has developed a real momentum in the marketplace, winning more than 60 percent of engine competitions in the last six years.”