Rolls-Royce is this year celebrating the achievements of an engine family that it says has transformed the way we travel.
Twenty-five years ago – on February 28, 1995 – the very first Trent engine powered the first Airbus A330 as it completed its delivery flight to Cathay Pacific in Hong Kong.
Rolls-Royce say that those 25 years have seen the Trent family:
- Travel more than 145 million engine flying hours – the equivalent of 390 times to the sun and back
- Carry approximately 3.5 billion people on holidays, business and humanitarian missions
- Receive continued customer endorsement – there are now 132 Trent operators worldwide
- Transform Rolls-Royce from a business with single digit widebody market share to one that powers almost one in two widebody aircraft today
- Achieve a world record for time on wing – last year, an Aeroflot A330 powered by the Trent 700 reached 50,000 engine flying hours without requiring an overhaul
According to a news release from the firm:
“The seven-strong family is made up of the Trent 500, Trent 700, Trent 800, Trent 900, Trent 1000, Trent XWB and Trent 7000. Each engine has been either the market leader on its designated aircraft, or first into service on that aircraft, and sometimes both. And while this month marks a celebration of 25 years since the first engine was delivered, it is actually not even half the eventual Trent story as engines continue to be produced to meet demand.
Ten years ago, 1,500 Trents were in service, today it is just over 4,000 and in ten years’ time it will be around 7,500. Trent engines being made today in the UK, Singapore and Germany will be in service for decades to come.”
Chris Cholerton, Rolls-Royce, President – Civil Aerospace, said:
“I want to thank all of our customers and all of our partners who have taken the power of Trent engines and used it to support a global aviation network. That network has offered passengers the opportunity to have incredible, life-enhancing journeys. We’ve had challenges along the way, and still do, and we are absolutely committed to dealing with any issues to ensure that the Trent family remains an outstanding product.
The Trent has been built on our relentless desire to be pioneers – to make our engines increasingly efficient, and by doing so find new ways to make flight ever more sustainable. And that spirit continues in our next-generation programmes, such as the UltraFan engine demonstrator and our electrification projects.”