Trent powers up for Farnborough

Airbus’s latest aircraft, the A330-900neo, powered by the new Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines, has made its Farnborough International Airshow debut.

The aircraft is due to enter service later this year, powered by the seventh and latest member of the Rolls-Royce Trent engine family.

The aircraft will participate in the Farnborough flying display for the first time and an A330-900neo of launch customer TAP Air Portugal will be on static display.

The visit comes as Rolls-Royce makes the final preparations for the engine to enter into service. The company said it expects formal certification to fly “very shortly.”

Chris Cholerton, Rolls-Royce president – Civil Aerospace, said the company was “excited to see the A330neo” arrive at Farnborough. “The Trent 7000 brings together the latest technology from the Trent XWB and combines it with architecture from the Trent 1000 TEN and more than 50 million hours of flying experience from the Trent 700.”

Rolls-Royce says the 68-72,000lb-thrust Trent 7000 will deliver a “step change” in performance and economics compared to the Trent 700.

With double the bypass ratio compared to its predecessor, Rolls-Royce say the Trent 7000 will improve specific fuel consumption by 10% and will significantly reduce noise.


Written by: Mark Thomas

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