Saturday, November 28, 2015

Successful first run for new Rolls-Royce engine developed in Derby

ROLLS-ROYCE is celebrating the successful first running of a new aero engine that is being developed in Derby.

A Trent 7000 demonstrator engine recently completed its first run on a test bed at the firm's civil aerospace division at Sinfin.

The engine, which will eventually be the exclusive power plant for the Airbus A330neo, is scheduled to enter service in 2017.

It will be the seventh member of the Trent family of engines.

It will bring together some of the best technology developed for other engines in the Trent family that have been designed and developed in Derby – including the Trent 700, the Trent 1000 TEN and Trent XWB.

Chris Davie, Rolls-Royce's Trent 7000 program director, said: "This is a great moment for everyone at Rolls-Royce.

"We have achieved an important program milestone on the journey to deliver our latest Trent engine.

"We are working closely with Airbus to ensure the Trent 7000 brings a step change in performance and economics."

The Trent 7000 was selected by Airbus for its A330neo aircraft at last year's Farnborough International Air Show.

The A330neo is effectively an upgraded version of the A330, to which Rolls-Royce already supplies Trent 700 engines.

Capable of delivering between 68,000 and 72,000lbs of thrust, Rolls-Royce believes the new engine will deliver "significant" performance benefits compared to the current version of the Trent 700.

Rolls-Royce and Airbus have both said that the Trent 7000 will be able to deliver more thrust, use 10% less fuel and be half as noisy.

When it announced its engine choice at Farnborough, Airbus said that it aimed to sell 1,000 of the aircraft, which will look to rival Boeing's 787 Dreamliner in the mid-haul aircraft market.

If it does so, Rolls-Royce can expect orders worth tens of billions of pounds for the Trent 7000 as the firm is the exclusive engine supplier.


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