Rolls-Royce completes first run of advanced 787 engine

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Rolls-Royce has conducted the first run of its Trent 1000-TEN engine, which will be capable of powering all models of the Boeing 787 – including the -10, scheduled to enter service in 2018, as well as the smaller -8 and -9 variants.

Set to be certificated to 78,000lb thrust by the end of next year, the -TEN “will offer commonality for customers operating a combination of 787 Dreamliner models” and “provide margin to Boeing requirements for 76,000lb of thrust at entry into service”, says Rolls-Royce.

The UK-based engine maker adds that the -TEN “draws on technologies from the Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engine and Advance engine programme, delivering thrust and efficiency improvements” via upgrades to the high-pressure turbine, compressors, internal air systems and composite fan case dressing system.

Trent 1000 engines powered the 787-8’s entry into service in 2011, and will do the same for the 787-9 later this year. The fifth generation of the Trent family has accumulated more than a quarter of a million in-service flying hours, and its manufacturer puts dispatch reliability at “better than 99.9%”.