Shaikh Ahmad Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Emirates with Maurice Flanagan, Group Managing Director of Emirates and Stan Todd, Trent Project Director of Rolls-Royce, at the signing ceremony in Dubai. - Gulf News Archives Image Credit: Gulf News Archives

1993- Emirates, the international airline of the UAE, signed a multi-million dollar contract in Dubai to procure new generation Rolls-Royce engines to power its fleet into the 21st century. The contract was signed at the airline’s headquarters by Shaikh Ahmad Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Emirates, and the Rolls-Royce Trent Project director, Stan Todd, for 35-RB211 Rolls-Royce Trent 800 series engines for 14 Emirates Boeing 777s. The contract, believed to be worth $400 million (Dh1.47 billion), is an order for a total of 19 engines with options on another 16, according to airline sources.

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