SEATTLE — Rolls-Royce and Boeing have partnered to carry out the first flight of the Trent 1000-TEN powerplant aboard a Dreamliner, in Seattle on Wednesday.
The aircraft, a 787-8 (ZA004 • N7874 • MSN 40693 • LN 4) departed from Boeing Field at 10:35 PST, for a two-hour round robin flight up to Paine Field, and back to Boeing Field at 12:27 PST.
The Trent 1000-TEN has also been selected to power the first test flight of the Boeing 787-10 version of the Dreamliner next year. The first aircraft has just entered into its final assembly at Boeing’s North Charleston production line in South Carolina.
“Our first Trent 1000 TEN flight on the 787 Dreamliner is another great milestone for our program. I want to thank everyone at Boeing and Rolls-Royce who have worked hard to make this flight happen. In addition, our selection to power the first flight of the 787-10 is a great honor, and reflects our commitment to supporting this aircraft as it continues to evolve,” Gary Moore, Trent 1000 Program Director said in a statement.
The Trent 1000 powered the first 787-8 entry into service when ANA took delivery of its first 787-8 five years ago, in 2011 and the first 787-9 into revenue service in 2014 when ANA started commercial operations with its 787-9’s ahead of Air New Zealand who actually took the first 787-9 delivery.
This means the Trent 1000 will have powered the first flight of every variant of the 787.