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Rolls-Royce joins celebrations as Singapore Airlines
becomes latest operator of the A350 XWB

Rolls-Royce joined celebrations to mark Singapore Airlines becoming the fifth airline to operate the Airbus A350 XWB, powered by the world’s most efficient large aero engine, the Trent XWB.

The Rolls-Royce Trent XWB is the only engine that powers the A350 XWB and more than 1,500 engines have already been sold to 42 customers. It has already delivered the best-ever entry into service for a large engine since it entered commercial service in January 2015.

The A350 XWB delivers a 25 per cent fuel burn improvement compared to previous generation aircraft. The Trent XWB is also one of the quietest engines that Rolls-Royce has ever produced for the widebody market.

Eric Schulz, Rolls-Royce, President - Civil Aerospace, said: We are very proud to be with Singapore Airlines and Airbus to mark another chapter in the A350 XWB story. The Trent XWB exemplifies how we take the best in technology to deliver new standards of excellence. Singapore Airlines is a very special customer and this is a new milestone in our close relationship.”

Singapore Airlines has ordered a total of 67 A350-900 aircraft and has operated the Trent 500, Trent 700, Trent 800 and Trent 900. Its subsidiary Scoot operates Trent 1000 engines.

The world’s most efficient large aero engine…
just got even better!
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Trent XWB EP

Rolls-Royce has launched an enhanced version of the Trent XWB, the world’s most efficient large aero engine, powering the Airbus A350 XWB. The first customer is Singapore Airlines.

The Trent XWB-84 EP (Enhanced Performance) goes beyond the original Trent XWB-84 performance target levels, offering a fuel consumption improvement of one per cent, ensuring that the Trent XWB will remain the most efficient large engine in the marketplace into the next decade.

The Trent XWB-84 EP incorporates technologies from the higher thrust Trent XWB-97 engine, the Advance engine programme and other future technology research, with the first engine delivered in Q4 2019 to power a Singapore Airlines A350-900. The upgraded engines will also be offerable to other existing customers with deliveries after this date.

Eric Schulz, Rolls-Royce, President – Civil Aerospace, said: “I’m proud that we are making the world’s best engine even better, and I am honoured that such a respected and valued customer as Singapore Airlines will be our first customer. I look forward to seeing this latest standard of engine deliver outstanding performance for Singapore Airlines for many years to come.”

Technology improvements on the Trent XWB-84 EP include:

  • Improved turbine cooling and aerodynamics from the Trent XWB-97 and Advance programmes
  • Improved secondary air system and interstage sealing from the Trent XWB-97 programme
  • Further optimisation of Trent XWB-84 turbine tip clearance control system, based on recent improvements on other programmes

The Trent XWB-84 and the Trent XWB-84 EP are entirely interchangeable and intermixable – any A350-900 can be powered by a combination of both engines – to enable simplicity in service.

Despatch ready! Completion of the 100th Trent XWB production engine
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After the first year of passenger service comes the next milestone for the programme as the 100th Trent XWB engine is completed ready for despatch from the Rolls-Royce site in Derby, UK. The special delivery will be transported to Airbus in Toulouse, where it will go on to power Singapore Airlines’ fourth Airbus A350 XWB.

The engine despatch marks another achievement for the supply chain & operations teams as they continue the successful ramp up of Trent XWB production, which will be producing a Trent XWB engine every working day next year.

Chris Young, Rolls-Royce, Director, Programmes – Civil Aerospace, said: “It is great to reach this milestone and we continue to increase Trent XWB production to meet future demand. I’m pleased this particular engine is destined for Singapore Airlines at a time when the aerospace world is congregating in Singapore for its Air Show.”

Singapore Airlines has a total of 67 A350-900 aircraft on order, all powered by the Trent XWB, with the first aircraft delivery to take place soon.

First for efficiency, first for reliability, first year in service for the Trent XWB
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On January 15 this year the world’s most efficient aero engine completed its first year in service. The Trent XWB on the A350 XWB achieved the milestone in style having performed in an exemplary fashion in its first 12 months of operation.

Launch customer, Qatar Airways received its first aircraft at the end of December 2014. They then embarked on around 3 weeks of intensive crew training before beginning revenue earning operations of this brand new aircraft and engine combination.

So after a year in service what’s the verdict?  Well not only did it live up to its credentials in terms of being the most efficient engine ever but the Trent XWB managed to claim the crown of being the most reliable engine too with a dispatch rate of 99.83%.

A wide variety of people from across Rolls-Royce each play a part in the success of the Trent XWB find out more about their stories. 

Rolls-Royce congratulates TAM airlines as it becomes the Americas’ first A350 XWB operator
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Rolls-Royce congratulated Brazil-based TAM Airlines, part of LATAM Airlines Group, on becoming the Americas’ first operator of the Airbus A350 XWB, powered by the world’s most efficient large civil aero engine, the Trent XWB.

The aircraft flew from Airbus headquarters in Toulouse, France, to Belo Horizonte/Confins airport, Brazil.

Claudia Sender, Chief Executive Officer, TAM S.A said:

“This is a significant moment in the history of our airline as we become Americas’ first operator of the Airbus A350 XWB. This is an aircraft that will offer outstanding service and set new standards for passenger experience, efficiency and reliability.”

Fabrice Brégier, President and CEO, Airbus, said:

“The A350 XWB symbolises Airbus’ mission to innovate and to provide the market with the world’s leading aircraft. Offering unrivalled passenger flying experience and operational productivity, the A350 XWB is the perfect aircraft to support TAM’s long-haul strategy to Europe and the United States.”

Eric Schulz, Rolls-Royce, President – Civil Large Engines, said:

“We are very proud to be with TAM Airlines and Airbus today to celebrate another milestone in the global A350 XWB story. We look forward to further strengthening our relationship with TAM Airlines and working with them for many years to come.”

LATAM Airlines Group has ordered a total of 27 A350 XWBs.

High-res photographs are available at:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/rolls-royceplc/sets/72157644914196343/

Innovation takes flight
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The Trent XWB has already proven itself as the world’s most efficient aero engine with excellent reliability, since its entry into service.

Today saw the first flight of the higher thrust Trent XWB-97, demonstrating both additional thrust capability and ground breaking new technical innovations, such as the world’s largest Additive Layer M

anufactured (ALM) structure. The flight took place in Toulouse on board an Airbus A380 Flying Test Bed (FTB) aircraft, with one of the four Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engines replaced with a single Trent XWB-97.

The Trent XWB-97 is designed to power the A350-1000, due for Entry Into Service in 2017. It delivers up to 97,000 lbf thrust at take-off power. It has been developed from the Trent XWB-84 which provides 84,000 lbf thrust at take-off power.

“It’s a great day for the whole Trent XWB team and for Rolls-Royce, a moment that the team have been working up to since we finalised the -97 design back in 2012,” said Andy Gwynne, Chief Engineer for the Trent XWB-97. “The Trent XWB was always designed with a higher thrust variant in mind and during the -84 development programme we ran engines up to the -97 conditions to improve our understanding of the design at the higher thrust levels.  We then took that experience to help optimise the core around the A350-1000 requirements, adding HP turbine technologies to maintain efficiency and time on wing from full temperatures margins.  This means our customers get an engine with greater capability, but without any compromises.”

The FTB programme is intended to continue over the coming months demonstrating performance, operability and robustness of the engine and other power plant systems, in preparation for the first flight of the A350-1000 next year. 

Finnair is first European operator of the A350 XWB
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Rolls-Royce joined celebrations to mark Finnair becoming the first European airline to operate the Airbus A350 XWB, powered by the world’s most efficient large civil aero engine, the Trent XWB.

A formal aircraft handover ceremony took place at Airbus headquarters in Toulouse, France. The aircraft, the airline’s first ever to be powered by Rolls-Royce Trent engines, will fly to Helsinki later today.

The engine, which powered the first A350 XWB to go into service at the start of this year, is the result of years of research and development and advanced engineering of more than 20,000 parts.

Pekka Vauramo, Chief Executive Officer, Finnair, said:

As one of the first operators of the A350 XWB, we look forward to providing our passengers with outstanding service using state-of-the-art engines that combine the best in both efficiency and reliability.”

Fabrice Bregier, President and Chief Executive Officer, Airbus, said:

“At Airbus, we’re proud and delighted to see Finnair, one of the world’s oldest and most respected airlines, become the first European airline to fly the A350. The A350’s unrivalled fuel efficiency and passenger comfort make it the perfect aircraft to spearhead Finnair’s Asian expansion.”

Eric Schulz, President - Civil Large Engines, Rolls-Royce, said:

We are very proud to be with Finnair and Airbus today to mark another chapter in the A350 XWB story. The Trent XWB exemplifies how we take the best in technology to deliver new standards of excellence. Today marks the start of a new era in our relationship with Finnair and we look forward to working with them for many years to come.”

Finnair has ordered a total of 19 A350 XWBs.

Trent XWB-97 shipped to Toulouse for flight testing
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Following in the footsteps of it’s smaller sister, the Trent XWB-97 is making great development strides, with 5 out of 8 development engines already run and the milestone of 1000 cycles, achieved. The next key marker is the Flying Test Bed (FTB) engine which has been built and delivered to Airbus in Toulouse. It is being prepared to be installed onto the Airbus A380 in-house flying test bed aircraft.
 
Since the first run on 11 July 2014, the Trent XWB-97 has had a great start to the development programme, completing many key tests including x-ray and icing testing. It has completed 838 hours running, equivalent to 1,390 cycles (ie flights). Confidence is high in achieving all of the targets supported by a series of good test results. The first 150 hour endurance test completed in June included 16 hours at maximum take-off thrust, another development engine is at our Stennis facility in Mississippi, USA undergoing fan flutter and cross-wind tests.
 
When the Trent XWB-97 takes to the air on the A380 flying testbed during the autumn another first will have been achieved. It will be the only Rolls-Royce product to include a major structure built using additive layer manufacturing (ALM), so-called 3D printing: the 1.5m-diameter titanium front bearing housing.

Trent XWB powers the Airbus A350 XWB tour of the Americas
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Rounding off a series of route proving customer tours, earlier this month the Airbus A350 XWB visited The Americas.

Having only briefly visited Sao Paulo and Santiago on the previous tours in 2014, Airbus took the opportunity to take their promotional tour to customers in the region that have ordered the aircraft.

As a strategically important market to Airbus, it was also a great opportunity to showcase the aircraft to other potential customers, lessors and investors.

The aircraft, MSN2, visited Colombian airline Avianca, and Brazilian airlines TAM and Azul. The former, part of the LATAM group will take delivery of its first A350-900 in December; the first A350 in The Americas, whilst the latter, is a new customer to Rolls-Royce. 

Moving to North America; Atlanta, Newark (New York) and Chicago were the chosen destinations. Static displays and demo flights provided the perfect opportunity for seniors from Delta Airlines and United Airlines to closely inspect the aircraft. Around 300 Delta employees in Atlanta also got the chance to look on board and to speak to the flight test engineers.

Robert DePietro, Aviation Maintenance Technician of Delta Airlines, who have recently ordered 25 Airbus A350 XWB aircraft, said:

"I really like ... the Rolls-Royce engine, which in my opinion is the Cadillac of all engines.”

A select group of Delta TechOps senior management then flew on with the Aircraft to New York. 

Whilst in New York, our Americas lessor team Marc Pierpont and Alastair Knox attended a symposium for Lessors and Investors organised by Airbus. Panellists at the event included Ron Baur of United Airlines, Ed Lohr of Delta Airlines and Jay Hancock of American Airlines, all of whom have ordered the A350. Attendees were invited on a 90-minute demo flight over New York City. 

Robert Medina from the Americas Customer team and Alistair Calderwood, Customer Marketing Director for the region joined parts of the tour. Alistair said:

“Everyone loved the engines and were impressed by how quiet they were."

Vietnam Airlines becomes the world’s second operator of the A350 XWB
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Rolls-Royce today (30 June) joined celebrations to mark Vietnam Airlines becoming the second airline in the world to operate the Airbus A350 XWB, powered by the world’s most efficient large civil aero engine, the Trent XWB.

A formal aircraft handover ceremony took place today at Airbus headquarters in Toulouse, France. The aircraft, which the airline has leased from AerCap, will fly to Hanoi, Vietnam, later today and will begin commercial service later this week.

The Rolls-Royce Trent XWB is the only engine that powers the A350 XWB and more than 1,500 engines have already been sold to 40 customers.

The A350 XWB delivers a 25 per cent fuel burn improvement compared to previous generation aircraft. The Trent XWB is also one of the quietest engines that Rolls-Royce has ever produced for the wide-body market.

The engine, which powered the first A350 XWB to go into service at the start of this year, is the result of years of research and development and advanced engineering of more than 20,000 parts. It has been tested to extremes of performance on the ground and in the air around the world. It is the sixth member the Trent engine family which, along with the RB211, has built a reputation for excellence over four decades.

Vietnam Airlines will operate a total of 14 A350 XWBs.

Trent XWB powered A350 enters into service
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Media, enthusiasts and commuters boarded flight QR67 yesterday (15 January) in Doha bound for Frankfurt on the first commercial flight of the Trent XWB powered A350-900 and marking its full entry into service. The flight departed from Doha at 7:49 am and arrived in Frankfurt 12:28 pm, right on schedule.

The flight was flawless and greeted in Frankfurt by airport employees, some of them on airport building roofs to get a better view of the aircraft. Many people on board the flight (like those on other demonstration flights completed over the last few weeks) commented on the comfort and 5-star service they received. The only thing that passengers said about the Trent XWB engines was how remarkably quiet they are! Just as Rolls-Royce intended.

Excellence comes in many forms. For the Trent XWB in service that means powering flights around world efficiently and quietly, connecting people day in day out.

Trent XWB powered A350-900 arrives in Doha
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We've arrived in Doha, the new home of the first Trent XWB powered A350-900. To mark the occasion we joined 150 members of the press, as they visited the aircraft for the first time.  It was very exciting to part of such an historic event!

One local journalist came to talk with us by the engine and simply said with a smile "Rolls-Royce.... the best!" Everyone seems very impressed by the aircraft and engines as they visited, I was very proud to be part of the event and represent the Trent XWB team back at base.

During the press conference Mr Al Baker, CEO of Qatar Airways, announced the first commercial flight would be next week from Doha to Frankfurt. So, we also made sure we talked to the A350s' crew, they've been training hard over the last few weeks on the new A350 in order to start the first passenger-carrying flights. The pilot said that the engines during the training flights had been 'very responsive & reliable' - just the way we designed them to be!

Hopefully, you too will be able to experience the XWB first hand!

Tim Boddy 
Head of Customer Marketing - Trent XWB

First customer receives A350 XWB aircraft powered by our Trent XWB engine
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The world’s most efficient large aero engine, the Trent XWB, is now poised to enter service following delivery of the first Airbus A350 XWB to launch customer Qatar Airways.

The Trent XWB is the sole power plant for the new airliner and so far more than 1,500 engines have been ordered by 40 customers. The delivery of the first Trent XWB engines for airline service marks the successful conclusion of many years of research and development by Rolls-Royce and the start of a major production programme as we begin to fulfil our order commitments to customers.

Trent XWB powers second global journey
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Kuala Lumpur

We've arrived in Kuala Lumpur at the time of year when the city experiences its highest rainfall levels - and it certainly looked like record amounts of rain were falling while we taxied. Turned out we were being welcomed by water cannons! As well as being the capital, it's also the most populous city in Malaysia and it feels like we've had a significant number of the population come and visit - more than 800 today! In between the crowds, I'll keep you posted on the latest news from the tour.

Jason Sutcliffe
Customer Marketing Director

For more on the Airbus A350 XWB story see http://www.a350xwb.com/

Bangkok

Wùt dee from Thailand, where we have spent two days hosting many Thai Airways staff, representatives of the Thai Ministry of Aviation, a group of investment bankers, and even Thai Police. We’ve also had the pleasure of welcoming JAL employees and some Air Asia engineering graduates – it’s been non-stop busy! Thai Airways already operates the Rolls-Royce Trent 500, Trent 700, Trent 900 and Trent 1000 engines and they’re really looking forward to taking delivery of their first Trent XWB-powered Airbus A350 XWB in 2016.

Jason Sutcliffe
Customer Marketing Director

For more on the Airbus A350 XWB story see http://www.a350xwb.com/

Hanoi

Xin chào from Hanoi! It has been an incredibly busy visit to Hanoi with more than 500 Vietnam Airlines staff coming along to have a close look at the Airbus A350 XWB and our Trent XWB engines. Everyone from the airline is really excited about taking delivery of their first A350 XWB next year – they'll be just the second airline into service with this aircraft. As well as Vietnam Airlines employees, we've also been visited by Airbus Group CEO Tom Enders who accompanied the Vietnamese Minister of Transport, and we've really been hitting the headlines.

Jason Sutcliffe
Customer Marketing Director

For more on the Airbus A350 XWB story see http://www.a350xwb.com/

Tokyo

Hello Tokyo. The Trent XWB powered Airbus A350 XWB arrival has been really making a splash here in Japan and we've had hundreds of visitors come to see us. Even the rain this evening didn't dampen spirits and it was so nice to meet members of our Japanese customer, Japan Airlines.

We completed a demonstration flight today; everyone on board was impressed and commented how quiet the aircraft and engines were. I'll have to make sure I tell the technical team about this when I get back to Rolls-Royce, as they've done such a fantastic job!

More visitors tomorrow morning, before we move on to Vietnam, see you there.

Jason Sutcliffe
Customer Marketing Director

For more on the Airbus A350 XWB story see http://www.a350xwb.com/

Seoul

Welcome to the second Trent XWB-powered Airbus A350 XWB world tour and our first stop on this trip – Seoul. There's been a full day of VIP customer tours, with plenty of visitors from Asiana Airlines who will receive their first A350 XWB in 2017. A really busy start to this tour, can't wait for the next destination.

Jason Sutcliffe
Customer Marketing Director

For more on the Airbus A350 XWB story see http://www.a350xwb.com/

Trent XWB powers second global journey

The Airbus A350 XWB (MSN#5) has started its second world tour. The Trent XWB-powered aircraft which left Toulouse today, will now embark on a series of visits across Asia. First stop, and the first of a series of postcards from the tour, will be Seoul - officially Seoul Special City, the capital and largest metropolis of South Korea.

For more on the Airbus A350 XWB story see http://www.a350xwb.com/

Rolls-Royce congratulates Airbus on A350-900 certification
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Rolls-Royce congratulates Airbus on achieving European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Type Certification for the A350-900, powered by Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines.

The Trent XWB is the world's most efficient large aero engine and the fastest-selling Trent engine ever, with more than 1,400 engines already sold. It will power the first Airbus A350 XWB into service with Qatar Airways later this year.

Rolls-Royce engineers worked closely with Airbus to support aircraft certification, producing over 180 reports to validate interfaces between the engine and airframe.

Eric Schulz, Rolls-Royce, President - Civil Large Engines, said: "We congratulate Airbus on this achievement, another chapter in the A350 XWB's continuing success story. We look forward to continuing to support Airbus as we work towards the aircraft's entry into service later this year."

The Trent XWB has now completed more than 11,000 hours of ground and flight testing.

Ground testing has taken place at: Rolls-Royce in Derby in the United Kingdom; Spain's space agency, the Instituto Nacional de Técnica Aeroespacial (INTA) in Madrid; the Global Aerospace Centre for Icing and Environmental Research (GLACIER) in Manitoba, Canada; the Rolls-Royce outdoor jet engine testing facility at the John C. Stennis Space Center in Mississippi; and the Edwards Air Force Base in California.

Trent XWB powers first global journey
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What an amazing journey! We're coming to end of a trip during which we've circumnavigated the globe, seen almost every part of the world – and been warmly welcomed at every destination. The entire Rolls-Royce team has been delighted to have been part of it, to have worked alongside Airbus colleagues, and to have promoted the A350 XWB and its Trent XWB engines. There are so many more journeys to come – and we're looking forward to them all!

The Rolls-Royce team

For more information on the Airbus A350 XWB story see www.a350xwb.com

Helsinki

"Hei" from Helsinki! The aircraft landed in Helsinki on Tuesday evening, and was greeted by a couple of firefighting trucks spraying a water arch. The aircraft was parked up for static display at the VIP terminal and the event began with a press briefing and subsequent tour of the aircraft. The media tour was followed by two groups from Finnair, totalling 200 people in all. Most comments regarding the engine were how large it was, followed by the related test of my mental arithmetic in converting 118 inches from imperial to metric! Although still a year out from their EIS with the A350, the Finnair personnel were obviously excited to have the chance to see the aircraft up close. Another great visit!

Scott Holland
Customer Marketing Director

For more information on the Airbus A350 XWB story see www.a350xwb.com

Toulouse

After being reliably powered around the world by its Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines, the Airbus A350 XWB flew the 10-hour journey back to its home base of Toulouse with a small contingent of Airbus and Rolls-Royce staff on board – tired but happy to have had the opportunity to showcase such world-beating technology to media, customers and enthusiasts alike. With an overnight flight, all were relieved the A350 cabin has been designed with passenger comfort the main priority and had the opportunity to catch up on some well-deserved rest. There’s a quick stop in Toulouse to freshen-up before embarking on the final leg of the route-proving tour.

Paul Sanderson
Customer Business Director – Airbus

For more information on the Airbus A350 XWB story see www.a350xwb.com

Sao Paulo

Today's visitors from Azul, TAM, LAN and Avianca are queuing up to take their first look inside the aircraft. People are struck by the sheer size of the 118 inch fan, with plenty of complimentary remarks about the engines. The aircraft hasn't failed to receive admiration wherever it has flown, attracting attention like some celebrity superstar. But it is more than just an aesthetically pleasing aircraft; it has proven itself performance wise, it has  endured the mountainous terrain of the Andes, navigated low-level over Sydney harbour, performed a 1,000ft go-around and has been buffeted by the wind and rain in NZ – and been rewarded with a sacred blessing by a Maori Chief! The Trent XWB engines are more than qualified to provide the power for this amazing aircraft!

Alex Dulewicz
Customer Marketing Director

For more on the Airbus A350 XWB story see www.a350xwb.com/

Santiago

The latest postcard comes on-board the A350 XWB at 15,000ft as it climbs over the snow-capped Andes mountain range. We are just a few minutes into the latest leg of the Airbus World Tour, a three-hour flight from Chile to Brazil. Quite a different on-board experience to the A340-300 aircraft I flew into Santiago on earlier today! The A350 XWB tail fin and distinct livery instantly recognisable against the stunning and breath-taking Chilean backdrop; the aircraft was already parked up and in position, having taken a more direct route from Auckland and arriving ahead of its Airbus sister aircraft. The latest leg sees a large delegation of press and airline representatives, including Robert Alvo (LATAM) and Azul as well as distinguished guests from the military. Next stop Sao Paulo.

Alex Dulewicz
Customer Marketing Director

For more on the Airbus A350 XWB story see www.a350xwb.com/

Auckland

Everyone was in a jubilant mood following another water cannon salute on arrival. The chief tribesman for Auckland, clad in a traditional feather garment and Maori cane, offered a blessing for the aircraft and demonstrated a "Hungi" ritual of touching noses and "sharing the same air in a single breath" with an All Blacks-clad Isobelle Floret, Airbus"s SVP for the region! Guests from Auckland International Airport Authorities and the Ministry of Primary Industries were given a tour of the aircraft, which included an on-board briefing by me on the Trent engines, as well as a briefing on the cabin layout and interior design of the A350 XWB. The audience was very impressed with the 16.7 million colour options for the cabin's mood lighting; also that Airbus had sold so many aircraft ahead of EIS.

Alex Dulewicz
Customer Marketing Director

For more on the Airbus A350 XWB story see www.a350xwb.com/

Sydney

The arrival of the Airbus A350 XWB was much anticipated by everyone in Sydney. Media crews gathered to capture the aircraft's arrival and helicopters hovered overhead. Representatives from Qantas and Virgin Australia toured the aircraft, and people were in awe of the sheer size of the Trent XWB engines. A morning static display was followed with a water cannon salute before passengers were treated to a breath-taking aerial tour of the coastline. There was a stunning, low-level flight over Sydney harbour with a 1,000ft go around at the airport – passengers saying "'you can hear that distinguishable purring from the engines". Next stop – Auckland!

Alex Dulewicz
Customer Marketing Director

For more on the Airbus A350 XWB story see www.a350xwb.com/

Johannesburg

Hi to everyone from Johannesburg, where the Airbus A350XWB had a great welcome at the start of its circumnavigation of the world. There were plenty of journalists from the trade press admiring the engines and I overheard one say: "Rolls-Royce is renowned for cutting-edge technology like this - it's amazing!" There was a similar reaction from South African Airways pilots who had come out to take a look around the aircraft but were overwhelmed by the engines - one described them as "awesome". It's a great start - wish you were here!

Jason Sutcliffe
Marketing Director

For more on the Airbus A350 XWB story see www.a350xwb.com/

Trent XWB powers global journey
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Route-proving flights for the Airbus A350 XWB are well underway, with recent destinations including Singapore and Hong Kong. As part of the overall programme, the Trent XWB-powered aircraft will circumnavigate the world in the coming days and members of the Rolls-Royce team will send “postcards” from each of the places where the aircraft touches down. Watch out for regular updates on how the aircraft and engines are performing and the reception they’ve received. First postcard will be from Johannesburg, South Africa.

For more on the Airbus A350 XWB story see http://www.a350xwb.com/

Trent XWB-97 achieves full takeoff power
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Following closely after the first engine run of the Trent XWB-97 comes the successful achievement of 97,000 lbs thrust from the engine. Since the first run, the engine has completed a number of test runs, followed by inspections and data analysis, in preparation for testing up to the full takeoff power of the engine.

Alistair McIntosh, Chief Engineer for the Trent XWB-97, said: “Reaching 97,000 lbs of thrust is another important milestone for us.  Like the saying goes ‘you need to learn to walk before you can run’, so we’ve been building up thrust levels over the last couple of weeks to understand how the engine performs against our models, before hitting full thrust.”  The engine will continue to test over the coming weeks to further explore the function and operability of the Trent XWB-97 design, across various thrusts and manoeuvres.

“What impresses me most is the amount of running we’ve been able to do so far with this engine and how quickly we’ve done it.  It really shows how far we’ve come with our design techniques and tools,” added Alistair.  “We’re also coming from a solid baseline of having so much experience of the -84 engine.  What we need to do now is to execute the programme we’ve set out, continue running this engine, and getting more -97 engines on to the test beds.”

To date, the engine has completed approximately 20 hours of running on the Rolls-Royce test beds in Derby, UK, and is the first of several engines that will be dedicated to certifying the Trent XWB-97 ready for A350-1000 first flight in 2016. 

First engine run of the Trent XWB-97
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Rolls-Royce has completed the first run of the higher-thrust version of the Trent XWB – the Trent XWB-97.

The Trent XWB-97 produces 97,000lb of thrust and its first flight is scheduled for 2016 and entry into service in 2017.

The Trent XWB-97 is optimised for the largest A350 XWB family member - the A350-1000, to deliver maximum efficiency and thrust in order to power the larger aircraft.

Increased thrust

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 larger, more powerful engine has allowed Airbus to increase the range and number of passengers the A350-1000 can carry. 
This engine is further evidence of us delivering on our customer promises, and helps us strengthen our position within the wide body market.

Delivery of second engine for Qatar Airways
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The second engine for the first Qatar Airways A350-900 has joined the first engine and while the delivery wasn’t accompanied by a fanfare, there was still that same sense of pride from the team.

“The whole team has worked for more than two years to ensure a smooth start to production – and we’re delighted everything has worked well,” said Trent XWB Production Leader Ian Taylor. “With more and more Trent XWBs coming through production, the work is really ramping up and for me it’s a really exciting time to be on the programme. I’m not sure we’ll be able to say goodbye to all of them in the same style as the first one, but I want to be sure my engines leave in style!”

At peak production, Rolls-Royce will despatch one Trent XWB per day. Rolls-Royce invested in the world’s first Pre-Production aero engine facility to rapidly mature the Trent XWB design, instructions and tooling to ensure every engine leaves our facility to the highest quality every time.

The first production Trent XWB engines delivered to Airbus
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The first Trent XWB production engines are being delivered to Airbus in Toulouse, France. The first arrived in Toulouse in late May, quickly followed by the second engine to complete the shipset for the first production Airbus A350 XWB for launch customer Qatar Airways. The first aircraft is scheduled for entry into service later this year.

We dispatch first Trent XWB for entry into service
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On 15 May, Rolls-Royce dispatched the first production Trent XWB that will power the Airbus A350 XWB's entry into commercial service with Qatar Airways later this year.


The Trent XWB, the world's most efficient aero engine and specifically designed for the A350 XWB, is the fastest-selling civil large engine ever, with more than 1,600 already sold to 40 customers.

Employees and guests gathered to wave the engine off on its journey to Toulouse, where it will later be fitted to the first A350 XWB aircraft to enter service.

Chris Young, Rolls-Royce, Trent XWB Programme Director, said: "This is an exciting moment for all of us, and marks the first of many Trent XWB deliveries for service. When we reach peak production in 2017 we will be delivering a Trent XWB every working day."

Qatar Airways has ordered 80 of the aircraft (43 A350-900s and 37 A350-1000s).

The engine powered the A350 XWB's first test flight in June 2013 from Toulouse, France. Since then the aircraft has carried out a variety of test flights, including high altitude testing in Bolivia, hot weather testing in Al Ain, UAE, and cold weather testing in Iqaluit, Canada. The engine also powered the A350 XWB's visit to the Singapore Airshow in February 2014.

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