When the first Boeing 787 Dreamliner is unveiled on Sunday (July 8) at its official Premiere in Seattle, it will roll out with two next generation Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines - the leading powerplant for all versions of the 787.
The Trent 1000 will also power the aircraft on its maiden flight later this year and will be the first to enter service with launch customer ANA (All Nippon Airways) in 2008.
Including business won but not yet announced, orders have been placed for over 500 Trent 1000 engines by 15 operators and four leasing companies – about half the Boeing 787 customers who have made an engine decision.
The Trent 1000’s design has been focused on delivering world-best levels of fuel burn, noise and emissions. With its next generation technology and Trent pedigree, the Trent 1000 will deliver the lowest fuel burn economics over the life of the engine. Rig and engine testing has produced excellent results, and continuing introduction of new technology will ensure that the Trent 1000 delivers the lowest emissions for the 787, with significant margin to current and future legislation. With the largest fan on the 787 the Trent 1000 will also be the quietest.
Dominic Horwood, Director - Boeing Programmes at Rolls-Royce, said: “We’re extremely proud that the Trent 1000 is the first engine to be seen on this great new aircraft. As lead engine, we are setting the pace on the programme and we can’t wait to see the Trent 1000 power the 787’s maiden flight later in the year.”
Also forming part of the roll-out spectacular will be the Trent 1000 flying test bed – a converted Boeing 747 – which will be on display at the Future of Flight Museum in Everett, Seattle. The aircraft is now well into its flight test programme, flying from Waco, Texas.
The Trent 1000 is on track for certification and has started its last required test. It has successfully completed the fan blade containment and all bird ingestion tests. Development testing has validated the full range of thrust capability required by the 787 family. Other testing has involved high temperature running and cyclic endurance equivalent to thousands of normal in-service hours. Key certification requirements met are the 150-hour engine type test and the FAA 1,000 cycle initial maintenance interval test.
Nine development engines have been used in the ground testing, and a further ten Trent 1000s will support the airborne testing on four 787s. Production engines are due to begin deliveries to Boeing in the first quarter of next year.
Producing a range of thrusts from 53,000 - 75,000lb, a single version of the Trent 1000 will be certified to power all variants of the 787, the 787–8, 787-3 and 787-9. ANA will begin operating the 787-8 in mid-2008 and will also introduce the short-range 787-3 variant in 2010. Air New Zealand will launch the 787-9 into service, also in 2010.
- Announced customers are ANA, Air New Zealand, Icelandair, LOT Polish Airlines, Northwest Airlines, Blue Panorama, Air China, Monarch Airlines, flyglobespan, Avianca, Royal Brunei Airlines, two private operators and leasing companies ILFC, Pegasus, CIT and LCAL.
- Trent 1000 rig and engine testing will allow certification with significant margins to CAEP6 legislation for all emissions at all thrust ratings up to 74,000lb. The Trent 1000 will beat all Boeing 787 Dreamliner emissions targets and will produce the lowest emissions on the 787.
- Risk and revenue sharing partners on the Trent 1000 programme are KHI (intermediate compressor module) and MHI (combustor and low pressure turbine blades) from Japan; Carlton Forge Works (fan case), Goodrich (engine control system) and Hamilton Sundstrand (gearbox) – all from the US – and ITP (low pressure turbine) of Spain.
- Rolls-Royce is working hard to improve the environmental impact of its products. Each year Rolls-Royce, in collaboration with its partners, invests around £700 million on research and development, two thirds of which has the objective of reducing the environmental impact of its products. The primary technology investment area is aimed at reducing noise and emissions.