Indianapolis (ROLLS ROYCE) - The Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engine today powers the Airbus A380's first flight to the UK, when the aircraft visits London Heathrow Airport. As launch engine for the programme, the Trent 900 is the only
powerplant so far to have taken part in flight testing, which currently
involves four A380s. Singapore Airlines will be the first customer to
operate the aircraft, powered by the Trent 900, with initial deliveries
starting later this year.
Since the Trent 900 powered the aircraft’s first flight just over one year ago, it has accumulated over 1100 hours of flying experience on the four A380s currently involved in the test programme and also on the first customer aircraft, which made its maiden flight on 7th May. The aircraft powered by Trent 900 engines has completed the majority of its certification flying, including high altitude take-off work in Colombia, cold starts in Northern Canada, as well as flying at all the world's major air shows.
Mike Terrett, President – Civil Aerospace at Rolls-Royce, said: "From day one the Trent 900 has consistently met, or bettered, its development targets, and continues to do so throughout the flight test programme. Our continued focus is on working with Airbus to ensure a smooth entry into service for the A380 later this year.”
Seven out of the 11 A380 customers who have made engine selections have opted for the Trent 900: Singapore Airlines, Lufthansa, Malaysia Airlines, Qantas, Virgin Atlantic, Etihad Airways and China Southern Airlines. With firm and option orders placed for 90 Trent-powered A380s, Rolls-Royce has secured a 54 per cent share of the market.
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