World's most efficient engine powers Airbus A350 XWB to Singapore Airshow

Monday, 10 February 2014

Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines have powered an Airbus A350 XWB on a visit to the Singapore Airshow, marking the aircraft's debut public appearance in Asia.

The A350 XWB is scheduled to enter service with Qatar Airways as launch customer this year.

Phil Harris, Rolls-Royce, Senior Vice President - Customers, said: "This visit to the Singapore Airshow will be just the first of many exciting moments in the life of the A350 XWB and Trent XWB in 2014. We look forward to powering the A350 XWB into service with Qatar Airways and then supporting another 40 customers, including Singapore Airlines, around the world to a smooth entry into service."

The Trent XWB, specifically designed for the A350 XWB, is the largest-selling Trent engine ever, with more than 1,600 already sold. The engine powered the A350 XWB's first test flight in June 2013 and is now powering a variety of flight tests around the world.

The Trent XWB is 16 per cent more efficient than the first-generation Trent engines that entered into service in 1995.

  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 £69.2 billion at 30 June 2013, providing visibility of future levels of activity.
  4. Rolls-Royce employs over 45,000 people in offices, manufacturing and service facilities in 45 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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