Rolls-Royce engine successfully powers Boeing’s Dreamliner
The Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 TEN engine will power the first flight of every version of the 787 aircraft.
Boeing is one step closer to bringing the Dreamliner aircraft to the market. The aerospace giant announced that it has successfully tested the Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 TEN (Thrust, Efficiency and New Technology) engine on its Boeing 787 Dreamliner flight for the first time.
The test flight took off and landed in Boeing Field, Seattle, Washington, U.S. This step marks the latest phase in the Rolls-Royce engine’s development programme.
This is not the only aircraft the Trent 1000 TEN will power. Boeing has also selected it to power the first test flight of the Boeing 787-10 version of the Dreamliner next year. This would mean that the Trent 1000 will have powered the first flight of every version of the 787.
The engine draws on technologies from the Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engine and Advance engine programme, delivering thrust and efficiency improvements.
“Our first Trent 1000 TEN flight on the 787 Dreamliner is another great milestone for our programme,” says Trent 1000 Programme Director Gary Moore. “I want to thank everyone at Boeing and Rolls-Royce who have worked hard to make this flight happen. In addition, our selection to power the first flight of the 787-10 is a great honour, and reflects our commitment to supporting this aircraft as it continues to evolve.”
The Trent 1000 TEN has already powered tests earlier this year on the Rolls-Royce Flying Test Bed aircraft, a Boeing 747, at Tucson, Arizona, U.S.
The Trent 1000 powered the first 787-8 entry into service in 2011 and the first 787-9 into service in 2014.
The 787-10 is the third member of the super-efficient, passenger-pleasing 787 Dreamliner family. As a stretch of the 787-9, the 787-10 will retain 95 percent commonality while adding seats and cargo capacity as well as 25 percent better fuel per seat and emissions than the airplanes it will replace.The first 787-10 is expected to fly in 2017 and first delivery is scheduled for 2018.