Posted: 03 Mar 2008 | Channels: Business Finance, Travel

Virgin Atlantic Announces Rolls Royce Engine Order in a Deal Worth US$2.6BN

Virgin Atlantic today announced it has selected Rolls-Royce engines to power its Boeing 787 fleet of aircraft.

The order, worth US$2.6BN, includes 15 sets of installed engines and four spare engines, and also includes a long-term maintenance agreement.

Last year Virgin Atlantic placed Europe's largest order for Boeing 787 Dreamliners to replace its fleet of Airbus A340-300s; the Rolls Royce Trent 1000 engines will power this order.

The airline will also today be announcing a partnership with General Motors to offer all Upper Class passengers a zero-emissions Hydrogen fuel cell car as part of its limo service. The Equinox Fuel Cell vehicle trial will provide Virgin and GM with practical feedback from drivers and passengers. Initially only Los Angeles will take part in the trial, and the service is expected to be extended to New York City later this year.

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