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Emirates on verge of taking first Trent A380s

Emirates is set to take delivery of at least three Rolls-Royce Trent-powered Airbus A380s before the end of this year.

The Dubai-based carrier has agreed to fit Trent 900 engines on up to 50 of the type, having previously opted for the Engine Alliance GP7200.

But introduction of its first Trent-powered A380 has been delayed over technical matters, and a revised handover date of 16 December passed with the aircraft remaining undelivered.

A spokesperson for Emirates says, however, that the airline has “come to an agreement” with Rolls-Royce regarding the technical issue relating to the Trent engines.

“We will receive delivery of our first Rolls-Royce-powered A380s this week and, before the end of this year, we will receive delivery of two more,” the spokesperson adds.

But Emirates is not elaborating on the delivery situation in 2017, following Airbus’s disclosure that the carrier will defer six A380s due next year, and another six due in 2018. The airline is still set, however, to receive a number of A380s as well as Boeing 777s in 2017.

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