Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 powers Airbus A330neo first test flight

Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 powers Airbus A330neo first test flight

The Rolls-Royce Trent 7000, the latest member of the Trent family of engines, has successfully powered the new Airbus A330neo into the skies for its first test flight today.

Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 powers Airbus A330neo first test flight

The aircraft took off from the Airbus facility in Toulouse, France, this morning, marking the beginning of a flight test programme.

The Trent 7000, the exclusive engine for the A330neo and the seventh in the Trent series, brings together:

  • Experience from the Trent 700 - the engine for the current A330
  • Architecture from the Trent 1000 TEN - the latest version of the Trent 1000 engine
  • Latest technology from the Trent XWB - the world’s most efficient large civil engine

According to Rolls-Royce, the 68-72,000lb thrust Trent 7000 delivers a “step change” in performance and economics compared to the Trent 700 engine, improving fuel consumption by 10% and offering twice the bypass ratio.

The flight also marks an important milestone for Rolls-Royce as it celebrates its third ‘first flight’ in less than 12 months, the others being the Trent XWB-97 and Trent 1000 TEN. The company called it “an unprecedented achievement in the aerospace industry”.

Before today’s first flight, the Trent 7000 has undergone a series of ground tests, including: altitude, icing, cross-wind, noise and cyclic testing in USA, and endurance, operability and functional performance testing in the UK.

Eric Schulz, Rolls-Royce, President – Civil Aerospace, said: “This is a great moment for Airbus and Rolls-Royce and I am proud to see the latest member of the Trent family power this outstanding aircraft for the first time today. We have helped Airbus create a new product that offers customers a transformation in performance and economics. We are now focused on supporting the flight test programme and ensuring our customers have a smooth entry into service.”

The Trent 7000 will power the entry into service of the A330neo next year with Portuguese operator TAP.

Trent 7000 by numbers

  • The front fan is just under 10 feet across and sucks in up to 1.3 tonnes of air every second at take-off.
  • High pressure turbine blades inside the engine rotate at 12,500 rpm, with their tips reaching 1,200mph – nearly twice the speed of sound.
  • At take off each of the engine’s high pressure turbine blades generates around 800 horsepower per blade - similar to a Formula One racing car.
  • At full power, air leaves the nozzle at the back of the engine travelling at almost 1000mph.

 

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