Trent tops 100 million engine flying hours
Twenty one years after the first engine took to the skies, the Trent family has reached 100 million flying hours, helping people and businesses to connect around the world.
It has been an incredible journey – one that’s the equivalent of flying to the sun and back more than 100 times. And it is a story of incredible engineering – at the heart of each Trent the temperature can reach half that of the surface of the sun, and its pressure is the same as half a km down in the ocean.
It is journey that is impossible without customers who have chosen, and continue to choose, the Trent to power their aircraft.
The engine family comprises six members: the Trent 700 for the Airbus A330, Trent 500 for the Airbus A340, Trent 800 for the Boeing 777, Trent 900 for the Airbus A380, Trent 1000 for the Boeing 787 and Trent XWB for the Airbus A350 XWB.
From the first engine to enter service, the Trent 700 in 1995 right through to today, the Trent family’s success has been based on a mixture of change and continuity.
Continuity in the use of a unique three-shaft engine architecture which had already revolutionised engine design in the RB211 which made intercontinental flight a matter of routine.
Change through a philosophy of continual improvement, where technology developments in the latest Trent engines flow back to earlier versions to further improve efficiency, while increasingly sophisticated use of data helps track engine health 24/7 to maximise efficiency and minimise service downtime.
That relentless drive for improvement is the result of a continued investment in research and development and manufacturing with support from national and international governments and institutions.
It’s a success story that still has a long way to go. Over the last ten years we have delivered over 2000 Trent engines, we will deliver the same number again within five years from our manufacturing sites in the UK and Singapore. That fleet growth will help meet global demand for air transport, particularly in Asia and the Middle East and will mean that Rolls-Royce will be powering half of modern widebody aircraft early in the next decade.
And another engine, the Trent 7000, is being readied to join the family as the exclusive powerplant for the Airbus A330neo.
Rolls-Royce is already looking to the next decade with two engine designs, Advance, which will be available from 2020 and UltraFan™ available from 2025, which will offer further improvements in efficiency and environmental performance.