Airbus and Rolls-Royce partner to deliver integrated parts availability service for Cathay Pacific Airways’ A350 fleet

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Courtesy: Airbus.

Airbus and Rolls-Royce have created a new integrated parts availability service for the Cathay Pacific Airways A350 fleet, which encompasses both airframe and engine Line-Replaceable-Unit (LRU) components. The service integrates the Airbus “Flight Hour Services” (FHS) and the Rolls-Royce TotalCare Availability service through a seamless operational interface.

Through this partnership between Airbus and Rolls-Royce, Cathay Pacific will be able to access both engine and aircraft parts through the same process to improve speed of response. Supported by both manufacturers, this innovative approach to managing airframe and engine parts provides a cost-effective and lean operational solution for the airline.

The airframe and engine parts will be hosted in the same warehouse in Hong Kong so that they can be made available locally when needed to secure the airline’s A350 operations. Airbus and Rolls-Royce believe that this approach will suit the needs of other customers and will seek further opportunities to develop seamless integrated services for the A350.

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Rolls-Royce congratulates Air China on the delivery of its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner

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Rolls-Royce yesterday congratulated Air China as it became China’s first operator of the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft, powered by the Trent 1000 engine.

The aircraft took off from Boeing’s Delivery Centre in North Charleston, SC, USA, and landed at the Beijing Capital International Airport, China, where it was greeted by Air China’s ground crew and enthusiastic aviation fans.

Rolls-Royce was the first to power both the Boeing 787-8 and 787-9 aircraft. Since then the Trent 1000 engine has accumulated 1.7 million flying hours with 12 customers, demonstrating excellent reliability and robustness in demanding operational requirements.

Paul Freestone, SVP, Greater China Customer Team, Civil Aerospace, Rolls-Royce, said: “We are proud to join the celebration of the delivery of the first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner to China. It represents a significant landmark in the growth of Air China’s widebody fleet. We’re confident that this excellent aircraft and its Trent 1000 engines will provide many years of reliable service to Chinese operators.”

Air China selected the Trent 1000 engines to power its Boeing 787-9 fleet last year. The order also included long-term TotalCare® support. The Trent 1000 is the only engine designed exclusively for the Boeing 787 aircraft family.

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Rolls-Royce celebrates “Perfect Ten” first flight

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The Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 TEN engine has taken to the skies for the first time, starting a series of test flights.

The engine – sporting its “Perfect TEN” bowling graphic on the nacelle – flew on the Rolls-Royce Flying Test Bed aircraft, a Boeing 747, at Tucson, Arizona, USA.

The Trent 1000 TEN (Thrust, Efficiency and New Technology) will power all variants of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner family. The engine draws on technologies from the Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engine and Advance engine programme, delivering thrust and efficiency improvements.

Gary Moore, Rolls-Royce, Programme Director – Trent 1000, said: We are proud to deliver the world’s best jet engines and this flight marks another milestone for the Trent 1000 TEN. The Trent 1000 has real momentum in the marketplace and we know customers are looking forward to the outstanding performance and economics the Trent 1000 TEN will deliver.”

The engine powered the Spirit of Excellence, an extensively modified Boeing 747-200, which has provided Flying Test Bed support for Rolls-Royce new engine programmes since 2007. Test engines are installed on the inboard pylon of the aircraft, which is equipped with extensive instrumentation to allow sophisticated measurements to be taken of engine performance in flight. Use of the Flying Test Bed ensures that the engine is mature and ready for intensive test operations on the aircraft it will power in service.

The Trent 1000 powered the first 787-8 entry into service in 2011 and the first 787-9 into service in 2014.

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Rolls-Royce ready to despatch 100th Trent XWB – for service with Singapore Airlines

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Rolls-Royce is about to despatch its 100th Trent XWB engine, which will enter service on a Singapore Airlines A350 XWB.

The engine will leave the Rolls-Royce site in Derby, UK, in the next few days, to be transported to Airbus in Toulouse. It will power Singapore Airlines’ fourth Airbus A350 XWB.

The engine despatch marks another milestone in the ramp up of Trent XWB production at Derby, which will be producing a Trent XWB engine every working day next year.

The Trent XWB is the world’s most efficient engine flying today, and the fastest-selling wide-body engine with more than 1,500 engines sold to 41 customers.

It has already delivered the best-ever entry into service for a large engine since it entered commercial service in January 2015.

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 gathering at the Singapore Airshow.”

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.

Source: Rolls-Royce.

Rolls-Royce wins Norwegian order worth $2.7 billion

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Courtesy: Rolls-Royce.

Rolls-Royce has won a $2.7bn order from Norwegian for Trent 1000 engines and TotalCare® long-term service support for 19 new Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.

The order also includes TotalCare for Trent 1000 engines that will power 11 previously-announced leased Boeing 787s yet to enter service.

Rolls-Royce will provide TotalCare with a fully comprehensive Availability Service Solution for all 30 aircraft and this will now also cover eight Norwegian 787s already in service.

Bjorn Kjos, Norwegian, Chief Executive Officer, said: “This decision further develops our relationship with Rolls-Royce and we look forward to operating aircraft powered by the latest version of the Trent 1000, which sets new standards of performance.”

Eric Schulz, Rolls-Royce, President – Civil Aerospace, said: “This is another significant decision in favour of the Trent 1000, an engine that delivers exceptional economics and performance. We continue to innovate and develop new services and it is great to see Norwegian selecting Availability Service Solutions for their TotalCare as part of this deal.”

Availability Service Solutions cover technical and engine parts support that helps aircraft operators meet their schedules.

The airline also has options for 10 further aircraft which, if confirmed, will be powered by the Trent 1000.

Source: Rolls-Royce.

Rolls-Royce celebrates first run of Trent 7000 demonstrator engine

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A Trent 7000 demonstrator engine has run for the first time, marking another programme milestone for the latest member of the Rolls-Royce Trent family.

The demonstrator, which will prove the key technical features of the engine, successfully completed an initial power run, on schedule, on a test bed in Derby, UK.

The Trent 7000, the exclusive power plant for the Airbus A330neo, is the seventh member of the Trent family which has become the engine of choice in the wide body market over the last 20 years. The Trent 7000 is scheduled to enter service in 2017.

Chris Davie, Rolls-Royce, Trent 7000 Programme Director – Civil Large Engines said: “This is a great moment for everyone at Rolls-Royce – we have achieved an important programme milestone on the journey to deliver our latest Trent engine. We are working closely with Airbus to ensure the Trent 7000 brings a step change in performance and economics.”

The Trent 7000 brings together:

  • Experience from the Trent 700 – the engine of choice for the current A330
  • Architecture from the Trent 1000 TEN – the latest version of the Trent 1000 engine
  • Latest technology from the Trent XWB – the world’s most efficient large civil engine

The 68-72,000lb thrust Trent 7000 will deliver significant performance benefits compared to the current version of the Trent 700. It will improve specific fuel consumption by ten per cent; have twice the bypass ratio; and will halve noise.

The Trent 7000 was selected by Airbus for the A330neo aircraft at the Farnborough International Airshow in 2014.

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Rolls-Royce welcomes TAP Portugal’s selection of 14 A330neo aircraft powered by Trent 7000

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Courtesy: Rolls-Royce.

Rolls-Royce welcomes the decision by TAP Portugal to select 14 Airbus A330-900neo aircraft, powered by the Trent 7000 engine.

The aircraft will join TAP Portugal’s fleet as part of its fleet renewal announced by the airline’s new majority owner Atlantic Gateway.

The new aircraft order replaces the previous order for 12 A350-900 aircraft.

Dominic Horwood, Rolls-Royce, Chief Customer Officer – Civil Large Engines, said: “We welcome this decision by TAP Portugal to select the A330neo. We now look forward to powering the future of TAP with our new Trent 7000 engine.”

The Trent 7000 brings together:

  • Experience from the Trent 700 – the engine of choice for the current A330
  • Architecture from the Trent 1000 TEN – the latest version of the Trent 1000 engine
  • Latest technology from the Trent XWB – the world’s most efficient large civil engine

The 68-72,000lb thrust Trent 7000 will deliver significant performance benefits compared to the current version of the Trent 700. It will improve specific fuel consumption by ten per cent; have twice the bypass ratio; and will halve noise.

Source: Rolls-Royce.