FARNBOROUGH — Continuing into the pre-Farnborough 2018 spirit is Rolls Royce who outlined and celebrated some achievements this weekend regarding the Trent XWB engines that power Airbus A350-900 and -1000 aircraft.

In the past few days, the engine has flown past the mark of two million flying hours, having powered the Airbus A350 since January 2015, when the engines entered service.

The milestone itself comes not long after the manufacturer delivered their 500th Trent XWB engine to Airbus in their Toulouse facility.

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Both milestones are reflecting “the growing momentum and maturity of the Trent XWB programme”.

The engine took two years to accrue it’s first million flying hours but has only taken nine months to double the number.

Rolls Royce has also recorded a high-reliability figure, offering a dispatch reliability of 99.9% and zero in-flight shutdowns across its lifetime.

Rolls Royce believes that with the entrance of the A350-1000 into service, that demand is set to be very healthy, especially with the Trent XWB-97, which specifically powers the -1000, making it the latest and most powerful variant of the engine.

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Such an excess in demand has resulted in them ramping up production and delivering one new Trent XWB engine every day of the week, at peak levels.

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Gareth Davies, Rolls-Royce, Trent XWB Programme Director – Civil Aerospace, said:

“We are incredibly proud to celebrate these latest milestones.”

“We have enjoyed the smoothest entry into service of any widebody engine and we continue to see the engine achieving market-leading levels of reliability,” Davies continued.

“We look forward to supporting our customers around the world as the Trent XWB family of operators continues to grow,” he concluded.

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More than 1,700 Trent XWB engines are either in service or on order from 45 different operators.

Due to the high levels ordered, the Trent XWB is the fastest-selling widebody engine in the history of the industry.

This means that as we enter the trading week at Farnborough if there are any more A350 orders, we can expect more celebrations from Rolls Royce going down the line.

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