Rolls-Royce introduced the first of a two-phase performance improvement for the Trent 900 engines that power the Airbus A380 airliner. Turbofans now delivered to A380 operators have a 1-percent improvement in specific fuel consumption, compared with the initial units. Second-phase improvements due to enter service during 2013 will deliver a further 0.8-percent reduction in fuel burn.
All appears forgiven between Rolls-Royce and Pratt & Whitney now that the two engine manufacturers prepare to collaborate on the next generation of turbofans for midsize airliners ranging in size from 120 to 230 seats.
The Air France KLM Board of Directors approved the group’s planned firm order for 50 long-haul aircraft, consisting of 25 A350 XWBs and 25 Boeing 787s. Plans call for the contracts, still subject to the conclusion of negotiations with the manufacturers, to include options on another 35 of the Airbus models and 25 Boeings.
Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner, which during its seven-times delayed development program has seemed more of a nightmare than a dream, became a joyful reality on August 26 when the new widebody received initial type certification.
Against the backdrop of its ZA001 aircraft, Boeing plans to celebrate today the long-delayed award of type certification from the FAA of the 787 Dreamliner. The award ceremony will take place on the flight line at Paine Field in Everett, Wash., site of Boeing’s wide body manufacturing plant. FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt is among planned speakers.
Boeing completed extended twin-engine operations (Etops) testing on the 787 Dreamliner on Sunday, company vice president of marketing Randy Tinseth revealed today on his blog, Randy’s Journal. The team reached the milestone during a test flight of Dreamliner ZA102, the ninth 787 built and the same airplane that flew the longest flight for the type to date at just over 18 hours.
Boeing early last week launched function and reliability (F&R) testing and extended operations (ETOPS) demonstrations on the 787 Dreamliner, marking the start of the final phase of flight testing before certification.
Organizers of the 2011 Paris Air Show (June 20-26) promised a feel-good factor that would leave the aerospace industry in no doubt that the long-awaited recovery has kicked in. They kept their word, and then some, with wave upon wave of new airliner orders and the associated new business in engines, equipment and support packages.
Rolls-Royce has signed a $360 million long-term TotalCare agreement to provide engine support services and enhanced performance kits for the Trent 700 engines that power four Etihad Airways Airbus A330s. Etihad has also extended an existing agreement covering Trent 700s powering 20 other aircraft in the Abu Dhabi airline’s fleet, and will fit the EP kits on 30 Trent 700s.
Rolls-Royce has revealed how it will increase the thrust of the baseline engine it is developing for the Airbus A350 by 13,000lbs 000 pounds to meet the take-off and climb requirements of the heavier, longer-range A350-1000.
The new Trent XWB version will produce 97,000 pounds lb at take-off, making it the most powerful production engine R-R has ever built, – and that Airbus has ever used.