Rolls-Royce today announced that Airbus has selected its new Trent 7000 as the exclusive engine for the new Airbus A330neo.The Trent 7000, launched today, is the seventh member of the Trent engine family. Over the last 19 years, Rolls-Royce Trent engines have accumulated more than 75 million flight hours. The majority of modern widebody aircraft, either in service or on order, are powered by Trent engines.
The new Trent 7000 engine brings together:
- Experience from the Trent 700 – the engine of choice for the current A330
- Architecture from the Trent 1000-TEN – the latest version of the Trent 1000 engine
- Latest technology from the Trent XWB – the world’s most efficient large civil engine
The 68-72,000lb thrust Trent 7000 will deliver a step change in performance and economics compared to the current version of the Trent 700. It will improve specific fuel consumption by ten per cent; have twice the bypass ratio; and will halve perceived noise.
Fabrice Bregier, Airbus, President and Chief Executive Officer, said: “The A330neo is the logical evolution of our reliable and versatile A330 Family. It provides an optimal solution for airlines around the world looking to minimise their fuel and operating costs while offering best-in-class comfort to their passengers. We see strong market potential for the A330neo and we are confident this new aircraft will be a success in the medium-haul segment. The Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 combines world-leading experience and cutting-edge technology to play a vital role in ensuring the success of this aircraft for decades to come.”
Eric Schulz, Rolls-Royce, President, Civil Large Engines, said: “The Trent 7000 is the natural selection for the A330neo, bringing together our engine experience, design architecture and leading-edge technology. With this pedigree, supported by TotalCare® services that maximise aircraft availability, the economic advantages of the Trent 7000 are helping to write this new chapter in the A330 success story.”
The first engine test run for the Trent 7000 is planned for 2015 with certification expected in 2017, supporting an aircraft entry into service in Q4 2017. The engine design draws upon existing architectures and expertise which are the result of ongoing research and development investment, of approximately £1bn a year, which Rolls-Royce makes across its aerospace and non-aerospace businesses. Each previous member of the Trent engine family has been either the market leader, aircraft launch engine, or both.