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Trent 1000 TEN flies on the Boeing 787

7 December 2016

The milestones continue to tumble, as earlier today the Trent 1000 TEN flew for the first time on the Boeing 787. Following closely on from last weeks’ first flight of the Trent XWB-97 on the A350-1000, this time the sights of the aviation world turned to Boeing Field, Seattle USA.

Onboard ZA004, Pilot Jennifer Henderson and her team put the latest variant of the Trent 1000 through its paces, soaring to heights of 43,000ft and reaching speeds approaching Mach 0.85.

The first flight gives an indication of the superior performance of the Trent 1000 TEN on the Boeing 787, with tests including in-flight restart performance and engine handling.

This flight marks the start of an extensive programme of flight testing and an important milestone towards delivering a step-change in performance and economics to Trent 1000 operators around the world.

The Trent 1000 TEN (Thrust, Efficiency and New technology) will power all three versions of the Boeing 787 and incorporates a new compressor system - already proven on the Trent XWB – with a new turbine design to provide thrust up to 78k lbf.

The Trent 1000 already has momentum in the market, winning 60% of engine campaigns over the past six years. The TEN will help to strengthen this position by offering up to 3% lower fuel burn than the competition.

PERFECTION – first flight of Trent 1000 TEN
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Rolls-Royce has successfully completed the first flight of its new Trent 1000 TEN (thrust, efficiency and new technology) engine which will power the Boeing 787 Dreamliner family of aircraft.

Capable of up to 78,000lbs thrust it will be available to power all three variants of the Boeing 787: the -8, -9 and future -10.

The engine’s first flight was on a Boeing 747 flying test bed which took off from an airfield in Tucson, Arizona, US.  A distinctive paint scheme on the engine nacelle - depicting a ‘perfect ten pin’ bowling image - easily identified the Trent 1000 TEN engine on the aircraft.

Iain Dudley, Head of Marketing, Trent 1000 said:” We are delighted that the first flight went so smoothly and we look forward to a successful programme on the 747 test bed before flight testing begins on a Boeing 787 later this year. We know that this engine will deliver a step-change in efficiency and performance for the 787 when it enters service. In fact it’s perfect for it.”

The Trent 1000 is already the most reliable engine on the Boeing 787 and was the first to power both the -8 and -9 versions into service. Over one and a half million flying hours have been successfully achieved and now the TEN version is set to deliver new levels of fuel efficiency and thrust for customers.

The TEN offers proven new technology; its features include a new compressor system scaled from the Trent XWB engine programme and a new turbine design to allow extra thrust. Unique to the TEN is a modulated air system which optimises the secondary air flow within the engine using a valve system with no moving parts, a robust system that delivers performance benefits. External systems have also been improved and re-designed.

Trent 1000 hits a million
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The Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engine has reached over a million flying hours since entry into service in October 2011 – that’s over 125,000 revenue flights for Rolls-Royce customers. Now in service with 10 operators and 1 lessor, the engine continues to demonstrate excellent reliability and robustness despite demanding operational requirements, with an average dispatch reliability of 99.9% since entry into service.

The Trent 1000 was the launch engine for the 787-8 with All Nippon Airlines of Japan and scored another first by going into service as launch engine for the 787-9 with Air New Zealand over a year ago. Over 100 Trent 1000-powered 787s have now been delivered to customers.

The latest variant of the Trent 1000, the TEN (Thrust, Efficiency and New technologies), is in the midst of an exciting engine development programme and has recently completed the certification ‘type test’; 150 hours of hot and fast running designed to simulate conditions more arduous than those ever encountered in service.

Ice Cool Trent 1000
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A Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 TEN is seen here completing icing tests at the Arnold Engineering Development Center (AEDC) in Tullahoma, US. The TEN (thrust, efficiency and new technology) version of the Trent 1000 includes technology derived from the Trent XWB – the world’s most efficient large aero engine. 

The engine has successfully completed testing consisting of simulating sub-zero flight conditions such as hold, descent and freezing fog whilst spraying fine water droplets to simulate flying through cloud or taxiing in fog. Ice builds on the engine and is then shed by accelerating to high power. During the tests the engine experienced temperatures down to -30 degrees C.

Trent 1000 engines were the first to put the Boeing 787 into service in 2011 with ANA of Japan and first to put the 787-9 into service last year with Air New Zealand.

The engine is the most reliable for the 787, with a dispatch reliability of 99.9% since EIS; we are on schedule to reach 1 million engine flying hours next month.

(photo below shows Rolls-Royce Staff Technologist Braky Zewde from the Trent 1000 System Design and Integration Team with a Trent 1000 TEN  in the test chamber at AEDC)

Ethiopian Airlines select Trent 1000 engines
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Ethiopian Airlines has decided to take Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines and long-term TotalCare® support worth $500m to power six Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft.
The decision marks a significant vote of confidence in the Trent 1000, Ethiopian having previously selected engines from another provider to power 13 Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.

Tewolde Gebremariam, Ethiopian Airlines, Chief Executive Officer, said: “We are pleased that the Trent 1000 will power this latest round of aircraft. We have confidence that it will deliver outstanding lifetime fuel burn, performance and reliability.”

Dominic Horwood, Rolls-Royce, Chief Customer Officer – Civil Large Engines, said: “This is a significant selection by a valued customer that continues the Trent 1000 success story. We have real momentum in the marketplace - in the last five years the Trent 1000 has been selected in more than 60 per cent of engine competitions.”

Air China selects the Trent 1000
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Air China will be adding 15 new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft powered by Trent 1000 engines to its fleet. Air China already has over 50 Rolls-Royce engines. The engines will be supported by our TotalCare© service.

John Rishton, CEO, said: “This is a significant selection by a valued customer and we look forward to continuing to strengthen our relationship with Air China. The Trent 1000 offers operators outstanding lifetime fuel burn performance and reliability on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

Trent 1000 round-up
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The Trent 1000 enjoyed another year where it continued its position at the forefront of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner programme, proudly taking its position as first engine to power 787-9 into service and providing customers with the best reliability. In 2014 Boeing confirmed our fuel burn advantage can be up to ~3% better than the competition.

2014 started with a great endorsement for the Trent 1000 as ANA committed to 25 more Trent 1000 powered 787 aircraft. Next on the list of achievements came another milestone in our improvement story - the first run of our Trent 1000 TEN (Thrust, Efficiency and New technology) variant.

In early 2014 Boeing carried out a technical audit of TEN and as a result issued its Performance Summary position. This shows our advantage can be up to ~3% better than the competition, and does not include our superior performance retention worth a further one per cent through life.

In terms of thrust, TEN provides 78,000lbf capability and will power the entire Dreamliner family. It delivers greater efficiency amounting to over five per cent fuel burn improvement since Entry in to Service of the Trent 1000 in 2011. TEN draws on technologies from the world’s most efficient aero engine, the Trent XWB, and our Advance engine programmes, ensuring we are on target to deliver.

In July, we were first in to service on the Boeing 787-9, launching with Air New Zealand. That event was significant for two reasons. Firstly, it marked a new era in the relationship between Air New Zealand and Rolls-Royce. The airline was the first to order Trent 1000 engines, for 10 Boeing 787-9s, in 2004.

Secondly, the flight marked another "first" for the Trent 1000 on the 787 Dreamliner. The engine powered the very first Boeing 787 test flight in December 2009, the first 787-8 to enter service in October 2011, and the first test flight of the 787-9 in September 2013.

The Trent 1000 is the most reliable engine for the 787, having already delivered the best entry in to service for a widebody engine. In 2014 Trent 1000 reached the milestone of 500,000 engine flying hours doing so whilst maintaining a dispatch reliability of 99.9%.

To round off 2014 we saw a number of customers commit to the Trent 1000 again for future 787 fleet expansions, testimony to their continued belief in the engine’s ability to deliver the best lifetime fuel burn, economics and reliability. Customers in addition to ANA included Air Europa, Air New Zealand, MG Aviation, Norwegian and Virgin Atlantic. We believe Trent 1000 is well positioned for future fleet expansion, our market share on the 787 currently sits at 41% and we have secured around half of 787 airline operators giving us a solid market foundation.

In 2015 TEN will take to the skies on our 747 flying test bed and we will certify the engine later this year to support our Entry into Service in mid-2016.

ANA continues to select Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines for new aircraft
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Rolls-Royce has been selected by All Nippon Airways (ANA) to provide Trent 1000 engines, worth $130m, to power three additional Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.

ANA has previously selected the engine three times, to power a total of 80 787 Dreamliners.

The Trent 1000 powered the very first 787 Dreamliner into service with ANA in 2011. Since then the engine has completed more than 650,000 in-service flying hours with an engine dispatch reliability of 99.9%.

Mr. Hiroyuki Ito, Senior Executive Vice President, ANA, said: “We are pleased to continue to select the Trent 1000. It has served us very well through our entry into service and we continue to receive excellent customer support throughout from Rolls-Royce.”

Dominic Horwood, Chief Customer Officer, Rolls-Royce, Civil Large Engines, said: “We are proud that ANA, the launch customer for the 787 Dreamliner, has selected us for a fourth time. It continues to demonstrate its confidence in the outstanding performance, reliability and economics of the Trent 1000.”

Rolls-Royce unveils Scoot Airlines Trent 1000 engine; made in Singapore, for Singapore
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Rolls-Royce today celebrated a milestone at the company's Seletar Campus with the unveiling of a Trent 1000 engine, the first to be made in Singapore for Singapore's very own long-haul budget carrier, Scoot. The Trent 1000, which is fully assembled and tested by a team of 80, will provide power to Scoot's new fleet of 20 Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.

Mr Heng Swee Keat, Minister for Education, witnessed the ceremony alongside Campbell Wilson, Scoot, Chief Executive Officer and Jonathan Asherson, Rolls-Royce, Regional Director for ASEAN & Pacific.

"As a Singapore-based airline we support all things Singapore – and it's especially fantastic to be able to feature Singapore-built engines on our brand-new 787s," said Campbell Wilson, Scoot's CEO.

Campbell added, "Rolls-Royce's Trent 1000 engines, along with the 787's other advances, will save us fuel so that we can keep saving you money… in the form of great value airfares so that you can get outta here more often!”

Jonathan Asherson, Rolls-Royce, Regional Director for ASEAN & Pacific, said: "Today we are proud to present Scoot with their first Trent 1000 engine made at our Seletar facility in Singapore. We are delighted that local carrier Scoot has placed its trust in our Trent 1000 engine and our ability to deliver superior product and service performance. We look forward to further strengthening our partnership.”

The Trent 1000 engine delivers exceptional environmental performance on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner with the best through-life fuel efficiency and lowest noise. Rolls-Royce powered the very first Boeing 787 test flight in December 2009, the first 787-8 to enter service in October 2011, and the first 787-9 to enter service last year.

Jonathan also highlighted the fast paced development of the aerospace industry in Singapore: "In 2012, we were the first integrated high-tech facility to manufacture our Wide Chord Fan Blade, assemble and test our Trent aero engine, and conduct research within a single Campus. Today, we are proud to be part of Singapore's growing aerospace industry that supports the entire life-cycle of an aircraft - from build, to flight and through to servicing.”

Commitment to STEM Education: Trent 1000 school tour

Jonathan's comment came before he announced an aerospace school tour to take place in April 2015. A Trent 1000 engine will be accompanied by a mobile exhibition on a 10-day island-wide tour of secondary and tertiary institutions, providing students with an overview of Singapore's flourishing aerospace industry which today has the capability to manufacture, fly and service aircraft engines.

This project is led by Rolls-Royce and supported by International Engine Component Overhaul (IECO), Singapore Airlines Group of Companies, Singapore Aero Engine Services Ltd (SAESL) and Kuehne + Nagel. The exhibition will highlight the importance of STEM subjects and the exciting career opportunities the aerospace industry in Singapore has to offer.

Rolls-Royce intends to reach 6 million people by 2020 through STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) related programmes. In 2014, over 500 students were hosted at theRolls-Royce Seletar Campus, and the Group also launched the Science Explorer badge for Brownies with the Girl Guides Association of Singapore.

Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 powers latest phase of Boeing ecoDemonstrator flights
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The Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engine has powered the latest phase of Boeing ecoDemonstrator aircraft flights, on a 787 Dreamliner.

The aircraft will, over several weeks, assess more than 25 technologies designed to improve aircraft fuel efficiency and reduce noise.

Gary Moore, Trent 1000 Programme Director, Rolls-Royce, said: "Today's flight of the 787 ecoDemonstrator aircraft is a milestone for the programme. We are pleased to be supporting Boeing's environmental research and look forward to continuing to work together on this project."

The multi-year Boeing ecoDemonstrator Programme is focused on accelerating the testing, refinement and completion of new technologies, methods and materials to improve aviation's environmental performance and sustainability.

The programme tests technologies on several aircraft that serve as flying test beds. Boeing has partnered with suppliers such as Rolls-Royce, airlines, and government agencies, including NASA and the US Federal Aviation Administration Continuous Lower Energy, Emissions and Noise (CLEEN) Program, on a number of ecoDemonstrator activities.

The Trent 1000 also powered the first Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner test flights in 2009 and its entry into service in 2011 as well as the 787-9 Dreamliner entry into service earlier this year.

First 787-9 for Air New Zealand rolls out of the Boeing paint facility
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Boeing has rolled out Air New Zealand's (ANZ) first Boeing 787-9, with the aircraft sporting a new all-black livery and the country’s official fern mark.

The carrier will be the variant's first operator, says Boeing. The 787-9 can carry up to 40 more passengers an additional 300 nautical miles (555km) over the 787-8. The debut route for the 787-9 will be Auckland-Perth later this year.

“It's great to see the Koru and the beautiful New Zealand fern emblazoned on this aircraft,” adds the airline’s chief flight operators and safety officer David Morgan. “This will soon be the first 787-9 aircraft anywhere in the world to operate commercially and I think it will instil a sense of pride in Kiwis and turn heads when it touches down at airports throughout Asia and the Pacific.”

Air New Zealand has 10 x Trent 1000 powered Boeing 787-9s on order.

Trent 1000 engines power first flight of Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner
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On Tuesday 17 September, Boeing’s flight test crew flew their 787-9 Dreamliner for the first time from Everett, Seattle, USA.

Powered by our recently certified Trent 1000 pack C engines, the new 787-9 Dreamliner is slightly bigger than the 787-8 and is capable of carrying up to 290 passengers.

“Early reports have been very positive,” said John Griffiths, Programme Director – Trent 1000. “Everyone involved in the programme can be proud of contributing to another great Trent 1000 engine achievement.”

Keep a look out for more information on this landmark event. Material will be published on this microsite as it becomes available, including video footage and a message from Nicole Piasecki, Boeing Vice President/General Manager – Propulsion Systems Division.

Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 TEN runs for the first time
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Rolls-Royce today announced the first run of the Trent 1000 TEN, which will power all variants of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

The engine, which is scheduled to be certified to 78,000lbs thrust by the end of 2015, will offer commonality for customers operating a combination of 787 Dreamliner models and provide margin to Boeing requirements for 76,000lbs of thrust at entry into service.

The Trent 1000 TEN draws on technologies from the Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engine and Advance engine programme, delivering thrust and efficiency improvements.

Demonstrator programmes have already validated improvements to the high pressure turbine, compressors, internal air systems and a composite fan case dressing system.

Gary Moore, Rolls-Royce, Programme Director - Trent 1000, said: "We believe the Trent 1000 TEN (Thrust, Efficiency and New Technology) will be the most efficient and quietest engine option for the Dreamliner family, with the best lifetime fuel burn performance.

"With the engine now running, it is our goal to demonstrate the range of performance enhancements we have integrated into the Trent 1000 TEN, which will confirm our position as a leading choice for all Dreamliner options and maintain the best ever reliability figures for a widebody engine on entering airline service.”

The Trent 1000 has now completed over 250,000 in-service flying hours with an engine dispatch reliability of better than 99.9%.

It has already powered the first 787-8 entry into service with ANA in 2011 and will power the first 787-9 into service later this year.

Trent 1000 Pack C gets ETOPs certification
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Following last year’s certification of the Trent 1000 Pack C, launch engine for the Boeing 787-9, we are delighted to announce that it has just received Extended Twin Operations (ETOPS) approval from EASA. This means that the Pack C engine for the -9 is now approved to the 330 minute level already achieved by our Pack A and Pack B engines.

ETOPS certification at this level is a further reminder of how reliable an engine the Trent 1000 is proving itself to be and is a fundamental requirement for our customers – operators such as Air New Zealand who will be the first customer for the Trent 1000 Pack C powered 787-9, due to enter revenue service later on this year, require this capability to be able to operate many of their planned routes.

The Pack C engine sees the Trent 1000 gain an extra 4000 pounds of thrust (taking it to 74,000 pounds) and is configured to accommodate the structural refinements of the -9 airframe.

“We had to implement some modifications after we completed our cyclic endurance testing late last year” said Gareth Jones, Chief Engineer Trent 1000. “A lot of people in a number of teams have worked very hard in a particularly short timescale to make these changes happen. Everyone has pulled out all the stops, especially in the Installations team, and I want to say a big thank you and congratulations to everybody involved in achieving this latest Trent 1000 milestone”.