Rolls-Royce Trent 900 achieves three million hours of service

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Rolls-Royce is celebrating its Trent 900 engine achieving more than three million hours of service on the Airbus A380 aircraft.

The engine powered the A380 into service for the first time with Singapore Airlines in 2007 and is now flying with seven operators on more than 60 aircraft. It has been selected by 11 of 17 customers to have made an engine choice.

Rosie Toogood, Rolls-Royce, Programme Director - Trent 900, said: "We are very proud to have achieved this milestone and remain committed to our continuous improvement programme to ensure the Trent 900 remains the engine of choice for Airbus A380 operators."

Trent 900 performance continues to improve. The Trent 900 EP2 engine, which offers a further fuel burn improvement of up to 0.8 per cent, has successfully completed its EASA certification tests and will now become the new build standard for the Trent 900.

Trent 900 EP2 improvements include: optimised fan blade tip clearance; improved turbine case cooling; improved sealing for the low-pressure (LP) turbine; an optimised intermediate pressure (IP) compressor; and improvements to the air flow system.

The Trent 900 is in service with: Singapore Airlines, Qantas, THAI, Malaysia Airlines, China Southern, Lufthansa and British Airways.

  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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