Airbus has selected Rolls-Royce’s new Trent 7000 as the exclusive engine for the new Airbus A330neo. The Trent 7000, launched on Monday July 14th, is the seventh member of the Trent engine family. Over the last 19 years, Rolls-Royce Trent engines have accumulated more than 75 million flight hours. The majority of modern widebody aircraft, either in service or on order, are powered by Trent engines. The new Trent 7000 engine 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 most efficient large civil engine
The 68-72,000lb thrust Trent 7000 will deliver a step change in performance and economics compared to the current version of the Trent 700. It will improve specific fuel consumption by 10%; have twice the bypass ratio; and will halve perceived noise.
The first engine test run for the Trent 7000 is planned for 2015 with certification expected in 2017, supporting an aircraft entry into service in Q4 2017. The engine design draws upon existing architectures and expertise which are the result of ongoing research and development investment, of approximately £1bn a year, which Rolls-Royce makes across its aerospace and non-aerospace businesses.