At the announcement of today's multi-billion pound order for Trent jet engines from Rolls Royce, Emirates president Sir Tim Clark said:
Today's announcement is significant not only because it cements the partnership between Emirates and Rolls-Royce, but also because of the significant economic impact that this will have on aviation manufacturing in the UK and Europe.
The order will secure jobs across Rolls-Royce's supply chain which stretches from Bristol in south-west England to Scotland. It will not create any new jobs, however.
Emirates also say that the deal further supports trade ties between the UK and the United Arab Emirates.