PARIS 2009: Etihad confirms order for 167 engines

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Middle Eastern carrier Etihad Airways' has confirmed a huge order for 167 engines covering its Airbus A380, A320 and Boeing 787 fleets.

It is taking 78 engines for its 35 787 twin-jets, plus 45 Engine Alliance GP7200s for its 10 A380s.

Etihad is also contracting for 44 International Aero Engines V2500s for its fleet of 20 A320s.

"This represents one of the largest engine orders in aviation history," said Etihad chief James Hogan, speaking during the Paris Air Show today.

"While we are seeing aviation facing its toughest challenges for many years, we continue to roll out our long-term plans in a considered way.

"It demonstrates the confidence we have in our plans for long-term sustainable growth."

Hogan says the airline is "very comfortable" with its "plans on the table", adding that the engine order is a "good confidence shot for the industry".

Etihad already has 50 Rolls-Royce Trent XWBs and 22 General Electric GE90s in its powerplant backlog, the sole engines for the 25 Airbus A350s and 10 Boeing 777-300ERs it respectively has on order.

In total the carrier is taking 239 engines, including 19 spares, which it values at $7 billion at list prices.