Posted on: 09 May 2011 by Mark Howells
The Trent 1000, developed by Rolls-Royce for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner which has been chosen by low-fare airlines such as Norwegian and Jetstar, has been granted extended twin engine operations (ETOPS) approval by the US FAA.
This milestone means that the Trent 1000 is the first engine for the 787 to have ETOPS certification, a critical step towards entry into service.
ETOPS regulations cover the design, specification and operation of twin-engined aircraft on routes where an aircraft will be more than one hour’s flying time on one engine from a suitable and available airfield. The Trent 1000 has been granted 330 minutes ETOPS approval. This allows more direct routings, shorter flight times and thus results in reduced fuel consumption.
The 787 Dreamliner is expected to go into passenger service later this year.
“ETOPs approval marks a major milestone for the Trent 1000 programme, setting new industry standards. We have produced the quietest and lightest engine for the aircraft, with the lowest fuel burn over the lifetime of an engine, contributing to the 787’s target of delivering 20% less CO2 than previous generation aircraft,” declared Simon Carlisle, Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 programme director. “We now look forward to supporting Boeing’s own ETOPS programme and to powering the 787 Dreamliner’s entry into service with All Nippon Airways.”
The Trent 1000, which ran for the first time in 2006, was granted FAA certification in August 2007, and has amassed more than 10,000 hours of ground and flight tests. Trent 1000s powered the 787’s first flight in December 2009 and have since powered 80% of all test flights. The engine powers five out of the seven aircraft in the 787 flight programme.