Rolls-Royce congratulates Airbus on achieving EASA Type Certification for the A350-900 powered by Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines

Goodwood, England, 1-10-2014 — /EuropaWire/ — Rolls-Royce today congratulated Airbus on achieving European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Type Certification for the A350-900, powered by Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines.

The Trent XWB is the world’s most efficient large civil aero engine and the fastest-selling Trent engine ever, with more than 1,400 engines already sold. It will power the first A350 XWB into service with Qatar Airways later this year.

Rolls-Royce engineers worked closely with Airbus to support aircraft certification, producing over 180 reports to validate interfaces between the engine and airframe.

Eric Schulz, Rolls-Royce, President – Civil Large Engines, said: “We congratulate Airbus on this achievement, another chapter in the A350 XWB’s continuing success story. We look forward to continuing to support Airbus as we work towards the aircraft’s entry into service later this year.”

The Trent XWB has now completed more than 11,000 hours of ground and flight testing.

Ground testing has taken place at: Rolls-Royce in Derby in the United Kingdom; Spain’s space agency, the Instituto Nacional de Técnica Aeroespacial (INTA) in Madrid; the Global Aerospace Centre for Icing and Environmental Research (GLACIER) in Manitoba, Canada; the Rolls-Royce outdoor jet engine testing facility at the John C. Stennis Space Center in Mississippi; and the Edwards Air Force Base in California.

About Rolls-Royce Holdings plc

  1. Rolls-Royce’s vision is to create better power for a changing world via two main business segments, Aerospace and Marine & Industrial Power Systems (MIPS). These business segments address markets with two strong technology platforms, gas turbines and reciprocating engines, for use on land, at sea and in the air.
  2. Aerospace comprises Civil Aerospace and Defence Aerospace. MIPS comprises Marine, Nuclear & Energy and Power Systems (RRPS). On 6 May 2014 Rolls-Royce announced it had signed an agreement to sell its Energy gas turbine and compressor business to Siemens for a £785m cash consideration. On completion, expected before the end of December 2014, Rolls-Royce will receive a further £200 million for a 25 year licensing agreement.
  3. Rolls-Royce has customers in more than 120 countries, comprising more than 380 airlines and leasing customers, 160 armed forces, 4,000 marine customers, including 70 navies, and 1,600 energy and nuclear customers.
  4. Our business is focused on the 4Cs:
    • Customer – placing the customer at the heart of our business
    • Concentration – deciding where to grow and where not to
    • Cost – continually looking to increase efficiency
    • Cash – improving financial performance.
  5. Annual underlying revenue was £15.5 billion in 2013, around half of which came from the provision of aftermarket services. The firm and announced order book stood at £70.4 billion at 30 June 2014.
  6. In 2013, Rolls-Royce invested £1.1 billion on research and development. We also support a global network of 31 University Technology Centres, which position Rolls-Royce engineers at the forefront of scientific research.
  7. Rolls-Royce employs over 55,000 people in 45 countries. Over 17,000 of these are engineers.
  8. The Group has a strong commitment to apprentice and graduate recruitment and to further developing employee skills. In 2013 we employed 379 graduates and 288 apprentices through our worldwide training programmes. Globally we have over 1,000 Rolls-Royce STEM ambassadors who are actively involved in education programmes and activities; we have set ourselves a target to reach 6 million people through our STEM outreach activities by 2020.

For further information, please contact:

Bill O’Sullivan
Civil Aerospace Communications
Rolls-Royce plc
Tel +44 1332 246162


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