There's real excitement in Derby, UK, this week as the Trent XWB team prepares to send their first customer engine to Airbus in Toulouse, France.
The engine is set to leave on Thursday and this will mark a major milestone in the Trent XWB programme, which will see the engines make their commercial debut with Qatar Airways towards the end of this year.
Esther Davis, Programme Controller (right), says: “I'm so proud of what we've achieved over the past two years, it's incredible.
“I've known 'Royce's' all my life as I have a strong family connection, with both my grandmother and mum working here. I started when I was 17 with inspections at the Precision Casting Facility (PCF) before taking a year out to travel and work abroad. I then re-joined the company in 2005 and worked on the Trent 1000 engine before moving to the Trent XWB programme three years ago."
Esther is responsible for bringing different teams together and driving the engine delivery plan on a daily basis.
“I plan and schedule the customer requirements to ensure our goal is transparent. I am responsible for governing the team's performance against key milestones and for identifying hazards and opportunities in order to deliver on time."
She's central to this week's delivery too, as she coordinates the preparation and transport of every Trent XWB engine that leaves our facility in Derby. “I don't rest until I know the engine has been safely delivered to Toulouse," she says.
“I can't do it alone; the real reason for our success is that we knit together well as a team. We all have the same goals on a daily, weekly and monthly basis. It's just like having a family at work, which means we all have the same level of commitment to the customer. I know it sounds corny, but this really is the best team I've ever worked with.
“I'm so excited that we're celebrating the first customer delivery. It's such a big thing for the whole team. For me though, while sending out the first engine is great, getting the second engine to Airbus is really important, as this completes the shipment for the first customer aircraft."