Rolls-Royce is assembling the first flight-test version of the Trent XWB-97 A350-1000 engine, the highest-thrust production engine ever made by the manufacturer.
“The engine will be moving to Toulouse around mid-year and is due to fly in the beginning of the fourth quarter,” said Simon Burr, Rolls-Royce’s COO for Civil Large Engines.
Based on the article “Rolls-Royce Building First XWB-97 For Flight Tests” published in Aviation Week
Good to see Rolls Royce pushing on with the A350-1000 engine, the only recent mention of the aircraft-seems Airbus want to keep it secret.ReplyDelete
As a further note,this is not the highest thrust rating engine that Rolls Royce ever built. The Trent 8104/8115 were built for the original 777 and had thrusts of 104,000 and 114,000 respectively, with many new first innovations such as swept back fan blades.Never came to fruition though-GE made Boeing an offer ($500,000) to be sole supplier and so the Rolls engine was left out in the cold.