Ethiopian Airlines placed an order worth $500 million for Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines and long-term support to power six Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft.
 
The Addis Ababa-based government owned airline current fleet of 13 Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft are powered by GE's GEnx engine.

Tewolde Gebremariam, Ethiopian Airlines, chief executive officer, said: "We are pleased that the Trent 1000 will power this latest round of aircraft. We have confidence that it will deliver outstanding lifetime fuel burn, performance and reliability."
 
Dominic Horwood, Rolls-Royce, chief customer officer - civil large engines, added: "This is a significant selection by a valued customer that continues the Trent 1000 success story.

"We have real momentum in the marketplace - in the last five years the Trent 1000 has been selected in more than 60 per cent of engine competitions."
 
Rolls-Royce powered the first Boeing 787 test flight in December 2009, the first Boeing 787-8 aircraft to enter service in October 2011, and the first Boeing 787-9 aircraft to enter service, in 2014.