Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 powers Boeing 787 Dreamliner™ first flight

Wednesday, 16 December 2009

Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, has powered the Boeing 787 Dreamliner™ aircraft first flight in Seattle, Washington, USA. The aircraft was powered by Trent 1000 engines, the latest generation in the successful Trent family.

The Trent 1000 is the latest member of the Rolls-Royce Trent family to take to the skies. Trent engine technology has accumulated more than 37 million flying hours since the first Trent entered service in 1995.

Rolls-Royce has a long track record of reducing the environmental impact of its products and developing new low emission products, while maintaining exceptional operating performance. The Trent 1000 is playing a key role in enabling the Dreamliner to reach its environmental targets.

Mark King, Rolls-Royce President - Civil Aerospace, said: “Everyone at Rolls-Royce offers their warmest congratulations to Boeing on achieving this significant milestone. This is an excellent result for the Boeing 787 and Trent 1000, further developing our long-term partnership with Boeing. This engine is another example of our ability to incorporate new technologies and set new standards on operational efficiency and environmental performance.”

The Trent 1000 will feature as lead engine on the first four Boeing 787 test aircraft which will be used to demonstrate aircraft and engine performance during extensive flight testing.

The first Trent 1000 engines will enter service with Boeing 787 Dreamliner launch customer All Nippon Airways.

  1. Rolls-Royce, a world-leading provider of power systems and services for use on land, at sea and in the air, has established a strong position in global markets - civil aerospace, defence aerospace, marine and energy.
  2. As a result of this strategy, Rolls-Royce today has a broad customer base comprising more than 600 airlines, 4,000 corporate and utility aircraft and helicopter operators, 160 armed forces, more than 2,000 marine customers, including 70 navies, and energy customers in nearly 120 countries, with an installed base of 54,000 gas turbines.
  3. Rolls-Royce employs over 38,000 skilled people in offices, manufacturing and service facilities in 50 countries. The Group has a strong commitment to apprentice and graduate recruitment, and to further developing employee skills.
  4. Sixty per cent of research and development investment and 40 per cent of new product development spending over the past five years has been outside the UK, with particularly strong relationships with the 27 universities worldwide where there are Rolls-Royce University Technology Centres.
  5. In 2008, Rolls-Royce invested £885 million on research and development, two thirds of which had the objective of further improving the environmental aspects of its products, in particular the reduction of emissions.
  6. Annual underlying revenues were £9.1 billion in 2008, of which 52 per cent came from services revenues. The firm and announced order book stood at £57.5 billion at 30 June 2009, providing visibility of future levels of activity.
  7. At take off each Trent 1000 generates as much power as 1,000 family cars. Engine development has involved more than 10,000 cycles of testing over 5,500 hours. In November Rolls-Royce announced the successful completion of 3,000-cycle ETOPS (Extended Range Twin OperationS) testing on the engine.
  8. The Boeing 787 is the first “more electric” aircraft, using engine electrical power to pressurise and air condition the cabin rather than using bleed air from the engine - this arrangement will improve cabin air quality for passengers

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