Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-97 receives certification
Less than one week after the Trent 1000 TEN, the Trent XWB-97 for the A350-1000 has been granted EASA certification, ahead of first aircraft deliveries later this year.
The Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-97, the latest and most powerful variant of the Trent XWB, received formal flight certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) on 31st August, clearing the way for entry into service later this year.
Certification of the 97,000lb thrust engine, which will exclusively power the Airbus A350-1000, builds on the success of the 84,000lb thrust version of the Trent XWB which entered passenger service on the A350-900 in 2015.
It comes less than a week after the Trent 1000 TEN engine, which will power all variants of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, received EASA certification.
The Trent XWB-97’s increased level of thrust relative to the Trent XWB-84 is achieved through a combination of new high-temperature turbine technology, a larger engine core and advanced fan aerodynamics.
The A350-1000 is currently in flight testing. First delivery, to launch customer Qatar Airways, is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2017.
Trent XWB production was recently expanded with the inauguration of a new assembly line in Dahlewitz, Germany, in June, complementing the main production line in Derby, UK.