The Rolls-Royce Trent 7000, which powers
Airbus’s latest aircraft, the A330neo, received its
‘ticket to fly’ from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) on
with the first production engines also delivered to the Airbus
facility in Toulouse, France.
The Trent 7000 is the fourth Rolls-Royce engine
to receive formal certification in just 12 months, following in
the footsteps of the Trent 1000 TEN, Trent XWB-97, and Pearl 15.
Chris Cholerton, Rolls-Royce President – Civil
Aerospace, said, “This is another great milestone in a period of
unprecedented activity for us. Certifying and delivering the Trent
7000 engine further strengthens our position on the latest
generation of aircraft and I would like to thank everyone at EASA
and Airbus, as well as my own Rolls-Royce colleagues, who have
worked so closely to get to this point. We now look forward to
supporting Airbus and TAP Air Portugal as they prepare for the
aircraft to enter into service later this year.”
The Trent 7000 brings together more than 50
million flying hours of experience from the Trent 700, which
powers the original version of the A330. It combines architecture
from the Trent 1000 TEN – the latest version of the Trent 1000
engine – and the latest technology from the Trent XWB.
The 68-72,000lb thrust Trent 7000 will deliver a
step change in performance and economics compared to the Trent
700. Benefitting from a bypass ratio double that of its
predecessor, the Trent 7000 will improve specific fuel consumption
by ten per cent, and will significantly reduce noise.
The Trent 7000 is the exclusive powerplant for
the A330neo which enters service later this year.
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