Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 approved by Japanese aviation authority

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, has received certification from Japan’s aviation authority for its Trent 1000 engine, confirming its readiness to power the Boeing 787 Dreamliner’s entry into service with All Nippon Airways (ANA).

A Certificate of Type Approval has been granted by the Japanese Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB), the first granted for an engine powering the 787 Dreamliner.

Last month Rolls-Royce announced the Trent 1000 had been granted Extended Twin Engine Operations (ETOPS) approval by the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA), again a first for an engine operating on the 787.

Flight tests to support ETOPS approval of the engine/aircraft combination are now taking place and engines have been delivered for the first ANA 787 Dreamliner to go into passenger service.

Simon Carlisle, Rolls-Royce, Trent 1000 Programme Director, said: “JCAB approval is a significant milestone for this programme. The Trent 1000 is leading the way on the 787 Dreamliner, providing the lowest fuel burn, noise and weight, which contributes to the 787’s target of generating 20 per cent less CO2 than previous generation aircraft. We look forward to celebrating 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 powered 80 per cent of all test flights and test hours. The engine powers five out of the seven aircraft in the 787 flight test programme.

  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. In Japan, Rolls-Royce began a joint research project in 2006 with the National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS) to develop the next-generation super alloys for turbine blades on future engines, which will help reduce fuel consumption and emissions.
  8. The Group has a strong commitment to apprentice and graduate recruitment and to further developing employee skills.
  9. 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 2009, Rolls-Royce announced the successful completion of 3,000-cycle ETOPS (Extended Range Twin Operations) testing on the engine.
  10. Kawasaki Heavy Industries and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) are involved in the design and manufacture of components for the Trent 1000.

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