Rolls-Royce engine technology drives Farnborough success
Friday, 13 July 2012
Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company secured significant orders for engines and services from airlines at the Farnborough Air Show. The Group also announced enhancements for its Trent 700 and Trent 1000 engines that will offer even greater fuel efficiency for customers, and a major new defence support contract.
Rolls-Royce unveiled the Trent 1000-TEN, an advanced version of the engine that powers the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Incorporating proven next generation technology from the Trent XWB, it will deliver an improvement of up to 3% in specific fuel consumption when it enters service in 2016.
Technology insertion will also deliver performance enhancements to the Trent 700 that powers the Airbus A330, further increasing the fuel efficiency of the engine by at least one per cent. These are expected to enter service from 2015. Improvements will also be available for retrofit .
Cathay Pacific selected the Trent XWB-1000 to power 10 Airbus A350-1000 aircraft and converted 16 existing orders for A350-900s to A350-1000s.The Trent XWB is the most efficient large civil aircraft engine on offer in the world and the new higher-thrust variant will deliver 97,000lb maximum thrust, offering increased range and capacity.
The market leading Trent 700 continued its impressive sales performance this week with orders to power Airbus A330 aircraft received from Garuda Indonesia Airlines, Synergy Aerospace and Avianca.
The Defence business continues to win new contracts for its innovative services with the US Army selecting MissionCare® to support the M250s that power its Kiowa Scout Helicopters. Delivery of the first two production M250 engines for Grob’s new G120TP trainer was also announced.
A number of airline customers also chose to enhance or extend support contracts, including Malaysia Airlines which signed a TotalCare® agreement to cover Trent 900s powering its fleet of Airbus A380s. British Airways enhanced its TotalCare® package to include nacelle maintenance for Trent 900s and Trent 1000s which will power its new fleet of A380s and 787s respectively.
As a means of enthusing and engaging young people about potential careers in science and engineering, Rolls-Royce unveiled the first ever jet engine made entirely out of Lego in the Innovation Zone. The unique Lego structure, a half scale replica of a Trent 1000, shows the complex inner workings of a jet engine and took four people eight weeks to complete.