Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 awarded ETOPS approval

Monday, 9 May 2011

The Trent 1000, developed for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner by global power systems company Rolls-Royce, has been granted Extended Twin Engine Operations (ETOPS) approval by the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA). This important milestone means that the Trent 1000 is the first engine for the 787 to have ETOPS certification, a critical step towards entry into service.

ETOPS regulations cover the design, specification and operation of twin engined aircraft on routes where an aircraft will be more than one hour’s flying time on one engine from a suitable and available airfield.  The Trent 1000 has been granted 330 minutes ETOPS approval. This allows more direct routings, shorter flight times and thereby reduced fuel consumption.

Rolls-Royce has now delivered Trent 1000 engines to Boeing to support 787 Dreamliner test flights for ETOPS approval of the engine/aircraft combination. At the same time, the company has delivered engines for the first All Nippon Airways (ANA) 787 Dreamliner, to go into passenger service later this year.

Simon Carlisle, Rolls-Royce, Trent 1000 Programme Director, said: “ETOPs approval marks a major milestone for the Trent 1000 programme, setting new industry standards. We have produced the quietest and lightest engine for the aircraft, with the lowest fuel burn over the lifetime of an engine, contributing to the 787’s target of delivering 20 per cent less CO2 than previous generation aircraft. We now look forward to supporting Boeing’s own ETOPS programme and to powering the 787 Dreamliner’s entry into service with All Nippon Airways.”

The Trent 1000, which ran for the first time in 2006, was granted FAA certification in August 2007, and has amassed more than 10,000 hours of ground and flight tests.

The Trent 1000 powered the 787 Dreamliner’s first flight in December 2009 and has since powered 80 per cent of all test flights. The engine powers five out of the seven aircraft in the 787 flight programme.

The Trent 1000 also recently passed 2,800 hours of flight testing, accounting for the majority of the 787 Dreamliner flight test programme.

Flight test details

Total Boeing 787 Dreamliner flight test hours: 3,660
Trent 1000 787 Dreamliner flight test hours: 2,874 (79 per cent)

Total Boeing 787 Dreamliner flights 1329
Trent 1000 787 Dreamliner flights 1064 (80 per cent)

  1. Rolls-Royce is a world-leading provider of power systems and services for use on land, at sea and in the air, and has established a strong position in global markets - civil aerospace, defence aerospace, marine and energy.
  2. As a result of this strategy, Rolls-Royce has a broad customer base comprising more than 500 airlines, 4,000 corporate and utility aircraft and helicopter operators, 160 armed forces, more than 2,500 marine customers, including 70 navies, and energy customers in nearly 120 countries, with an installed base of 54,000 gas turbines.
  3. Annual underlying revenues were £10.8 billion in 2010, of which more than half came from the provision of services. The firm and announced order book stood at £59.2 billion at 31 December 2010, providing visibility of future levels of activity.
  4. Rolls-Royce employs over 39,000 skilled people in offices, manufacturing and service facilities in over 50 countries. Over 11,000 of these employees are engineers.
  5. In 2010, Rolls-Royce invested £923 million on research and development, two thirds of which had the objective of further improving the environmental performance of its products, in particular reducing emissions.
  6. Rolls-Royce supports a global network of 28 University Technology Centres, which connect the company’s engineers with the forefront of scientific research.
  7. The Group has a strong commitment to apprentice and graduate recruitment and to further developing employee skills.
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