Rolls-Royce today announced the first run of its higher-thrust version of the Trent XWB, the world’s most efficient large civil aero engine.The 97,000lb-thrust Trent XWB-97 is the sole powerplant for the Airbus A350-1000 aircraft. The engine will begin test flights in 2016 and entry into service is due in 2017.
The increased thrust is achieved through a combination of new high-temperature turbine technology, a larger engine core and advanced fan aerodynamics, allowing Airbus to increase the A350-1000 payload range and maximum take-off weight.
Simon Burr, Rolls-Royce, Trent XWB Programme Director, said: “The successful first run of our higher-thrust Trent XWB engine is another important milestone in a tremendously exciting year for the programme. All the experience we gained in the Trent XWB-84 test programme will help us optimise development of the Trent XWB-97.”
In May, Rolls-Royce delivered the first 84,000lb-thrust Trent XWB engines for the first Airbus A350 XWB that will enter service with Qatar Airways later this year.
The Trent XWB, specifically designed for the A350 XWB, is the fastest-selling Trent engine ever, with more than 1,400 already sold.