Rolls-Royce starts assembly of first higher-thrust Trent XWB

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Rolls-Royce has started assembly of the first higher-thrust version of the Trent XWB, the world’s most efficient aero engine flying today, which will exclusively power the Airbus A350-1000 aircraft.

The Trent XWB-97, a 97,000lb-thrust version of the engine, will run for the first time later this year, with first flight scheduled for the end of 2016 and entry into service in 2017.

The increased thrust is achieved through a combination of new high-temperature turbine technology, a larger and scaled up engine core and a higher-flow fan enabled by advanced aerodynamics. This has allowed Airbus to increase the A350-1000 payload range and maximum take-off weight.

Meanwhile, manufacture is continuing on the first production 84,000lb-thrust Trent XWB engines that will power the first A350 XWB into commercial service with Qatar Airways in 2014.

Chris Young, Rolls-Royce, Trent XWB Programme Director, said: "Starting build of the 97,000lb-thrust variant of the Trent XWB is a significant milestone in an important year for the engine. We are very pleased with the progress of the engine programme and look forward to celebrating the first run of the Trent XWB-97 and the entry into service of the 84,000lb-thrust engine this year."

The Trent XWB, specifically designed for the A350 XWB, is the largest-selling Trent engine ever, with more than 1,600 already sold.

  1. Rolls-Royce's vision is to create better power for a changing world via two main business segments, Aerospace and Marine & Industrial Power Systems (MIPS). These business segments address markets with two strong technology platforms, gas turbines and reciprocating engines, for use on land, at sea and in the air.
  2. Aerospace comprises Civil Aerospace and Defence Aerospace. MIPS comprises Marine, Energy & Nuclear and Power Systems. Rolls-Royce currently has 50% ownership of Rolls-Royce Power Systems (RRPS), a collaboration with Daimler AG. RRPS was fully consolidated in the results of Rolls-Royce Holdings plc for the first time in 2013. On 7 March, 2014, Daimler announced their intention to exercise their put option to sell their 50% share in RRPS to Rolls-Royce Holdings plc.
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  4. Our business is focused on the 4Cs:
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    • Cost - continually looking to increase efficiency
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  5. Annual underlying revenue was £15.5 billion in 2013, around half of which came from the provision of aftermarket services. The firm and announced order book stood at £71.6 billion at 31 December 2013.
  6. In 2013, Rolls-Royce invested £1.1 billion on research and development. We also support a global network of 29 University Technology Centres, which position Rolls-Royce engineers with the forefront of scientific research.
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  8. The Group has a strong commitment to apprentice and graduate recruitment and to further developing employee skills. In 2013 we employed 379 graduates and 288 apprentices through our worldwide training programmes.

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