Rolls-Royce and Airbus conclude preliminary agreement on Trent engine for new A350 XWB


Farnborough (ROLLS-ROYCE) - Rolls-Royce has concluded a preliminary agreement to supply a next-generation Trent engine for the new A350 XWB twinjet being offered by Airbus.

The engine, the sixth variant in the Trent series, would be capable of powering all versions of the aircraft currently proposed.

Mike Terrett, President – Civil Aerospace at Rolls-Royce, said: “As a result of positive discussions with Airbus, we have concluded a preliminary framework agreement to make a new member of the Trent family available on the A350 XWB.

“Establishing a position on this programme is important for Rolls-Royce. It broadens our excellent working relationship with Airbus through a significant new venture, and provides a strong platform as we aim to maintain our position as the leading engine supplier for the new-generation widebody market.”

Engine design would again be based around the three-shaft architecture unique to all Rolls-Royce large engines, used throughout the Trent family as well as the earlier RB211 series.

The new programme would be subject to board approval.

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