Sun, Jun 20, 2010
More Than 1000 Trent XWB Engines Ordered Before First Run
Rolls-Royce fired up the Trent XWB for the first time on a
testbed in Derby, UK, on June 17. The engine is the latest member
of the Trent family.
It is also the fastest-selling Trent engine program ever, with
more than 1,000 ordered before its first run. The test meets
program commitments put in place in 2006.
The engine, which will power the Airbus A350 XWB family of
aircraft, is the sixth Trent family member. The first Trent aero
engine, the Trent 700, began service in 1995 and the engine family
has now accumulated more than 40 million hours in service.
Specifically designed for the Airbus A350 XWB family, the Trent XWB
is the most fuel efficient and environmentally sensitive large
engine design available today, with 28 per cent better fuel
efficiency than pre-Trent generation engines.
"This is another significant milestone and once again
demonstrates Rolls-Royce's track record of consistently delivering
on major leading-edge technology programs," said Mark King,
Rolls-Royce President - Civil Aerospace. "The Trent XWB will lead
the aerospace industry in terms of quality, efficiency and
"This is a great day for the A350 XWB program, for Rolls-Royce
and Airbus," said Didier Evrard, Head of the A350 XWB Program,
Airbus. "The first engine run of the Trent XWB has been achieved
fully on time with our schedule and is a major milestone that marks
the coming to life of the new aircraft."
The first run starts the most extensive pre-flight program in
Trent history, before the start of flight tests on an Airbus A380
testbed next year and A350 XWB flight tests in 2012. Seven
development engines will be running by early 2011.
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