Rolls Begins Improved A380 Engine Tests

By Guy Norris
Source: Aviation Week & Space Technology
October 07, 2013

Rolls-Royce's campaign to step up fuel-burn savings and reliability across its big fan engine family is reaching a key phase with tests starting of a second round of upgrades to the Trent 900 for the Airbus A380 and for design audits beginning on improvements to the A330's Trent 700, and delivery of the first updated Trent 800EP for the Boeing 777.

The upgrade programs are designed in most cases for retrofit, but in each instance, will also provide the production standard for new-build engines in the future. Collectively, they form a vital element of Rolls' competitive battle against the General Electric-Pratt & Whitney Engine Alliance GP7200 over the A380, and the engine options provided by both U.S. manufacturers for the A330.

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