Rolls-Royce starts final assembly of Trent XWB production engine for entry into service

Monday, 10 February 2014

Rolls-Royce has started final assembly of the first production Trent XWB, the world's most efficient aero engine, that will power the first A350 XWB into commercial service with Qatar Airways later in 2014.

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

The engine is currently powering the aircraft on a variety of test flights that have recently included high altitude testing in Bolivia and cold weather testing in Iqualit, Canada, and powered the A350 XWB's visit to Singapore Airshow.

Chris Young, Rolls-Royce, Trent XWB Programme Director, said: "Starting final assembly of the first Trent XWB to go into service with Qatar Airways is an important milestone and the beginning of an exciting journey for the engine this year. The development programme has been very robust and on schedule all the way."

The engine powered the A350 XWB's first test flight in June 2013.

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

Qatar Airways is the launch customer for the A350 XWB and has ordered 80 of the aircraft (43 A350-900s and 37 A350-1000s).

  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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