PARIS -- Rolls-Royce will make a significant revamp to Boeing's 787-10X Trent 1000 engine and has confirmed the existence of a Package C upgrade intended for the 787-9.
The same core scaling up required for the 5,000lb thrust boost on the Trent XWB that will power the Airbus A350-1000 - now delayed to 2017 - will also be applied to the 76,000lb Trent 1000 on the conceptual -10X, says Mark King, president of Rolls-Royce civil aerospace, reports Flightglobal.
"The technologies we're running on the testbed between the XWB engine and the demonstrator gives us a real opportunity to upgrade the Trent 1000. We think we can do something that could open clear daylight relative to the competition on the Trent 1000."
"Our goal here is to make sure that when we do that, we design an engine that covers the whole family. Once Boeing nail down their requirements for the -10X then we'll respond with our offering for the whole family."
Boeing has loosely defined the 787-10X as a 320-seat, 6,800 to 7,000nm range aircraft with a maximum takeoff weight of roughly 553,000lbs, similar to that of the 787-9. While a final entry service target is yet undefined, Boeing says the aircraft will be in service no earlier than 2016.
Additionally, the Package C engine, previously believed to be known as Package B+, due for entry into service on the 787-9 in late 2013 is nearing its detailed design phase, whose improvements will also feed back to the 787-8.
Further, Rolls-Royce confirmed that only the first four 787's for launch customer All Nippon Airways will be delivered with significantly de-rated Package A engines at 64,000lbs of thrust for use on domestic and regional routes before the Package B engine is introduces along with ANA's international long-range interior. The 70,000lb Package B engine is scheduled to deliver to ANA before the end of 2011.
ZA004 is currently undergoing nautical air miles evaluations on the Package B power plant, which has been in flight testing since May 21.
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