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Rolls-Royce engines to power new Airbus Beluga transporter aircraft

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Rolls-Royce said it was selected by Airbus to provide Trent 700 engines and long-term maintenance services for five new Beluga XL transporter aircraft, in a deal worth $700 million.

Beluga aircraft had in the past been powered by engines made by Rolls-Royce's rival General Electric .

The announcement strikes a more positive tone for Rolls-Royce, which is under pressure after issuing a string of profit warnings - the most recent of which was blamed on difficulties in its main aero engines business.

(Reporting by Sarah Young; Editing by Li-mei Hoang)