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FARNBOROUGH: First production A330neo engine shipped

Rolls-Royce has shipped the first production Airbus A330neo powerplant to the airframer’s assembly line in Toulouse.

The Trent 7000 engine was despatched on 15 July, the engine manufacturer has disclosed.

Rolls-Royce is expecting certification of the engine shortly from the European Aviation Safety Agency.

The Trent 7000, with a thrust range of 68-72,000lb, will power both the A330-900 and -800 variants.

Airbus has taken orders for 224 A330neos. The first is set to enter service with TAP Portugal later this year.

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