Rolls-Royce dispatches first service-bound A350 engine

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Rolls-Royce has dispatched to Airbus’s Toulouse facility the first production Trent XWB that will be fitted to the A350 entering service with Qatar Airways later this year.

Qatar has 80 of the twinjets on order – 43 of the -900 model, plus 37 -1000s – and is to receive the first, a -900, in the fourth quarter.

Flightglobal’s Ascend Online database shows there is a total of 812 A350s on order: 34 -800s, 589 -900s and 189 -1000s.

The Trent XWB is the exclusive engine for the A350. First flight of the aircraft was conducted in June 2013. The aircraft has since undergone high-altitude testing in Bolivia, hot-weather testing in the UAE and cold-weather testing in Canada.

Rolls-Royce says the Trent XWB is “the fastest-selling civil large engine ever” and “16 per cent more efficient than the first-generation Trent engines that entered into service in 1995”.

This story has been amended to clarify that the engine is the first production model that will power a service-bound aircraft