787-9 Trent engines complete first runs

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The Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines powering Boeing's initial 787-9 test vehicle completed their first runs today.

"We are delighted at the successful first run of the aircraft's installed Trent 1000 engines and proud to power the first Boeing 787-9," says John Griffiths, Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 programme director.

The engines will power the 787-9 during its first test flight, which is on track for "late summer," says Boeing. The airframer confirms the first runs after a photo of the powered-on engines was posted to Twitter earlier today.

The Package C version of the Trent 1000 engines developed for the 787-9 provide 74,000lb of thrust for the aircraft, representing a 5.71% increase from the Package B engines that now power the 787-8.

The Trent 1000 will power the 787-9s on order with Air New Zealand, the launch customer for the aircraft type. The carrier has ordered 10 Trent-powered 787-9s for delivery between 2014 and 2017, Flightglobal's Ascend Online database shows.