The Lebanese carrier, Middle East Airlines has decided to sign a $300 million contract with British motor-maker Rolls-Royce for the installation of new Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines in four new Airbus A330-900neo.
The deal with Rolls Royce, that is known as one of the world’s leading industrial technology companies, was ranked as the largest bilateral deal between Lebanon and Britain.
The contract was signed during the Lebanon-UK Business and Investment Forum in London and it’s considered as part of MEA airlines widebody fleet renewal. In addition to the purchase of the engines that are expected to be delivered in two years, Rolls-Royce will provide MEA with Total Care support service ranging from long-term maintenance services to the supply of spare engines.
In fact, the replacement of the existing engines with The Trent 7000 (Rolls-Royce’s latest iteration in its Trent family of engines) will provide MEA with a 14 percent fuel burn improvement per seat, while reducing noise in addition to many other benefits.
According to MEA Chairman-Director General Mohamad El-Hout , the deal will constitute a step change in performance, technology, customer service, efficiency and growth potential.