In addition to its 50-aircraft order of November 20 and its order for 10 A330-300s from September 2013, Delta also has 45 Airbus A321s on firm order, bringing its total Airbus backlog to 105 aircraft.

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The manufacturer announced the launch of the A330neo program on July 14 at the Farnborough Airshow International 2014.

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The first flight-test Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engine has been mounted on the A380 flying test-bed (the aircraft with manufacturer’s serial number MSN 001, the first Airbus A380 built) at Airbus’ Jean-Luc Lagardère site in Toulouse.

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Airbus and Rolls-Royce are to develop the A350-1000 with more powerful Trent XWB engines than originally specified and an increased take-off weight. In doing so, says Airbus, the manufacturers responded to the market’s call to offer even more payload and range.

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Russian flag carrier Aeroflot has signed a firm contract with Airbus to purchase 11 A330-300 widebodies, in a deal that was widely expected beforehand. Aeroflot has chosen the Rolls-Royce Trent 700 engine to power its new A330s.

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