Saudi Arabian Airlines has signed a $500m order with the UK’s Rolls-Royce to provide engines and TotalCare support for four Airbus A330 aircraft.

The agreement also includes four options. The aircraft are due to enter into service from 2013 and Saudi Arabian Airlines will then have 16 A330s in its fleet. The agreement was signed at the Dubai Airshow.

“Our first Trent 700-powered A330 went into service in May last year and since then it has performed flawlessly. We have confidence that Rolls-Royce technology and support services are the right choice for our continued growth,” says Khaled al-Molhem, director general of Saudi Arabian Airlines.

“The Trent 700 is a market leader and in the Middle East it is the engine of choice for eight out of the 11 operators of the Airbus A330, powering three quarters of the aircraft in service,” says Phil Harris, senior vice-president of civil aerospace at Rolls-Royce.