Indianapolis (ROLLS ROYCE) - Air New Zealand's decision to convert its existing order for four Boeing 787-8s into the larger 787-9 variant, means the Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 is now the launch engine for all three variants of the 787 Dreamliner, Rolls-Royce announced today.
The first 787-8 to enter into service will be delivered to Japan's ANA (All Nippon Airways) in mid-2008, powered by the Trent 1000. The airline will also launch the shorter range 787-3 in the summer of 2010, also operated with the Rolls-Royce powerplant.
Mike Terrett, President – Civil Aerospace at Rolls-Royce, said: "Securing the launch engine position on each variant of the Boeing 787 consolidates our programme-leading position on the aircraft. The Trent family of engines offer consistent performance that has built substantial confidence in the marketplace.
"Air New Zealand has been a pace setter throughout the 787 programme and this decision demonstrates the airline’s commitment to innovation and offering the best product to customers."
The first Trent 1000 ran for the first time exactly on schedule on 14th February 2006. It will take to the skies on a Rolls-Royce Boeing 747 flying test bed in the first quarter of 2007 and, following certification by the airworthiness authorities, it will power the 787’s first flight in mid-2007.
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