Rolls-Royce readies engine for Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Rolls-Royce is preparing to build the first Trent 1000-TEN, its engine for the 787-10 programme formally announced by Boeing today.

Rolls-Royce will start to build the first test engine later this year, with entry into service set for 2016. Singapore Airlines has selected the engine to power its 30 787-10 aircraft announced earlier this month.

The Trent 1000 powered the 787-8 entry into service with ANA in 2011, and will power the 787-9 with Air New Zealand in 2014.

Eric Schulz, Rolls-Royce, President – Civil Large Engines, said: "The Trent 1000-TEN engine will power all versions of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, providing commonality for customers operating a combination of 787 models in their fleet. Many of the improvements will come from the flow back of technology from our Trent XWB engine that has maintained our technology leadership position."

This engine will be the most efficient option for the 787 Dreamliner, reducing specific fuel consumption by up to three per cent compared with Trent 1000 engines currently in service.

The Trent 1000-TEN (Thrust, Efficiency and New technology) will be certified to 76,000lb thrust with capability up to 78,000lb to power all versions of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, including the -10.

Improved performance will be delivered through the incorporation of proven next generation technology, including advances in the high pressure turbine and compressor, ‘blisk’ technology and sophisticated internal aerodynamics controls.

The Trent 1000 is already the quietest and most efficient engine option for the 787 Dreamliner. It has been selected in ten of the last 13 Boeing 787 Dreamliner engine decisions and now has a total of 24 customers. Trent 1000 engines already in service have completed more than 50,000 flying hours with an engine despatch reliability of better than 99.9% – the best ever reliability figures for a widebody engine on entering airline service.

  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 300 airlines, 4,000 corporate and utility aircraft and helicopter operators, 160 armed forces, more than 4,000 marine customers, including 70 navies, and energy customers in more than 80 countries.
  3. Annual underlying revenue was £12.2 billion in 2012, of which more than half came from the provision of services. The firm and announced order book stood at £60.1 billion at 31 December 2012, providing visibility of future levels of activity.
  4. Rolls-Royce employs over 45,000 people in offices, manufacturing and service facilities in over 50 countries. Over 14,000 of these employees are engineers.
  5. In 2012, Rolls-Royce invested £919 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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