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Rolls-Royce powers A380 Asia Pacific and Middle East Tour

Travel News Asia 11 November 2005

Rolls-Royce today celebrated the first flight of the Trent 900 outside Europe as the first Airbus A380 touched down at Singapores Changi Airport. This first stopover is part of a tour the aircraft is completing around Asia Pacific and the Middle East during November.

Rolls-Royce's Trent 900 powering the Airbus A380

Singapore Airlines is the launch customer for both the A380 and the Trent 900, which are scheduled to enter service towards the end of 2006. Following its stay in Changi, the Trent-powered A380 will continue its tour with stopovers in Kuala Lumpur, Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, where it will participate in the celebrations of the 85th anniversary of Qantas. It will then fly on to the United Arab Emirates to take part in the Dubai Air Show.

Mike Terrett, President Civil Aerospace at Rolls-Royce, said, This tour takes in some of the key customers for the Trent 900 so its a great opportunity to showcase our achievements on the engine. We take pride in the fact that the A380 is flying today with the worlds quietest and cleanest high thrust engine.

Two Trent-powered A380s are currently involved in flight testing, the second aircraft having joined the programme on 19 October. The eight engines have now clocked up around 2000 flying hours during the flight test programme.

Ten airlines have so far made engine selections for their A380s, with seven of them choosing the Rolls-Royce Trent 900: Singapore Airlines, Lufthansa, Malaysia Airlines, Qantas, Virgin Atlantic, Etihad Airways and one further customer, as yet unannounced. With firm and option orders placed for 89 Trent-powered A380s, Rolls-Royce has secured a 50% share of the market.

Key timings of the engine development programme include:

First run, on schedule, March 2003
Engine certification achieved on schedule, October 2004
Maiden flight on A380, 27 April 2005

The third flight test aircraft also powered by Rolls-Royce made its maiden flight on 3 November 2005.

A few facts about the Trent 900

At take-off, the A380s four Trent 900s will deliver thrust equivalent to the power of more than 3,500 family cars.

The engines hollow, titanium fan blades are almost 10 feet across and suck in over 1.25 tons of air every second. By the time the air leaves the nozzle at the back of the engine it has been accelerated to a speed of nearly 1,000 miles per hour (1,600 kph).

Temperatures in the engine core are half those on the surface of the sun.

Air passing through the engine is squeezed to more than 700lb per square inch over 50 times normal pressure at sea level.

The blades in the engines high pressure system rotate at 12,500 rpm, with tip speeds reaching 1,200 miles per hour (2,000 kph).

At take-off, each of the 70 high pressure turbine blades in a Trent 900 produces over 800hp.more power than a Formula One racing car.

The 116 inch fan operates at nearly 3,000rpm with tip speeds 1.5 times the speed of sound.

A Trent 900 has around 20,000 individual components.

The Trent 900 is physically the biggest engine that Rolls-Royce has ever built.

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