Derby-based Rolls-Royce yesterday landed a deal worth $280 million (£136.5 million) from Cathay Pacific.

The airline has placed another order for Rolls-Royce Trent 700 engines, to power an additional eight Airbus A330 twinjets.

These latest additions to the Cathay Pacific fleet bring its total of Trent-powered A330s to 56, including those operated by its sister airline, Dragonair. The new engines are scheduled for delivery between 2010 and 2012, and will include the latest fuel burn improvement modifications, designed to lower operational costs and further enhance the engine's environmental credentials.

As well as the Trent 700, for which it was the launch customer in 1995, Cathay Pacific also operates the Trent 500 on its Airbus A340-600s, and the Trent 800 which powers its Boeing 777s.

Meanwhile, a consortium which includes Rolls-Royce Group will benefit to the tune of up to £1 billion from a contract to supply engines and support for 72 Eurofighter Typhoons that the UK is selling to Saudi Arabia.

Rolls, MTU Aero Engines Holding, ITP of Spain and Italy's Avio are members of the Eurojet consortium, which has overall responsibility for the EJ200 engine element of Project Salam. Rolls has a 36 per cent share of the production work for the EJ200 engine that powers the Typhoon.