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Rolls-Royce and Airbus conclude preliminary agreement on Trent engine for new A350 XWB


17 July 2006, Rolls-Royce has concluded a preliminary agreement to supply a next-generation Trent engine for the new A350 XWB twinjet being offered by Airbus.

The engine, the sixth variant in the Trent series, would be capable of powering all versions of the aircraft currently proposed.

Mike Terrett, President – Civil Aerospace at Rolls-Royce, said: “As a result of positive discussions with Airbus, we have concluded a preliminary framework agreement to make a new member of the Trent family available on the A350 XWB.

“Establishing a position on this programme is important for Rolls-Royce. It broadens our excellent working relationship with Airbus through a significant new venture, and provides a strong platform as we aim to maintain our position as the leading engine supplier for the new-generation widebody market.”

Engine design would again be based around the three-shaft architecture unique to all Rolls-Royce large engines, used throughout the Trent family as well as the earlier RB211 series.

The new programme would be subject to board approval.

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Caption for photograph: Christian Strieff, Airbus Chief Executive, unveils the new A350 XWB (extra wide-body) at the Airbus press conference at the show.

1. Trent engine variants power three current Airbus aircraft. The Trent 700 is the market leader on the A330 with a 44 per cent share of orders and 29 customers/operators. The Trent 500 is the sole powerplant on growth versions of the four-engined A340 which began commercial operations in 2002. The Trent 900 is the only engine currently powering the A380 through its successful flight testing programme.
2. Rolls-Royce is a senior shareholder in International Aero Engines (IAE) which produces the V2500 engine for A320 series aircraft. IAE has more than 100 customers in 35 countries, with over 5,000 engines delivered or on order.
3. Rolls-Royce has an order book of £24.4 billion and a turnover last year of £6.6 billion, of which 53 per cent came from civil aerospace. Income from services currently represents 59 per cent of civil aerospace sales.

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