China Southern is the launch customer for both the Trent 900 and the A380 in China, with aircraft deliveries scheduled for late 2007.
The announcement was made during a visit to China Southern's headquarters in Guangzhou by Sir John Rose, Chief Executive of Rolls-Royce, which included the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the deal.
Mr Liu Shaoyong, Chairman of China Southern Airlines, said: "We believe that the advanced Trent 900 engine and the A380 are a perfect match. The combination will provide high levels of reliability, and support the promotion of the brand name of China Southern Airlines. At the same time, it is a strategic step to establishing China Southern’s hub in Beijing, connecting the cities of China and the rest of the world."
Sir John Rose, added: "China Southern's selection of the Trent 900-powered A380 further enhances our position in the fast-growing Chinese marketplace. As an existing Trent customer, China Southern's selection of the Trent 900 demonstrates its confidence in our ability to deliver efficient, reliable technology backed by a high level of support services."
Seven out of the 11 A380 customers who have made engine selections have opted for the Trent 900.
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