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  • A350XWB Powers Up
    Posted by Robert Wall 11:29 AM on Jun 18, 2010

    General Electric has just been celebrating first flight of the GEnx-1B on the 787, so now it is Rolls-Royce's turn to reach a big milestone in the big-engine battle between the two competitors.
    The U.K. engine maker on June 17 completed the first engine run of the TrentXWB, the powerplant for the 787-rival, the Airbus A350XWB.

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    (credit: Rolls-Royce)

    The engine is the first of seven being built for the development program. First flight of a TrentXWB is due next year on an Airbus A380. The A350 itself is to take to the air in 2012.
    The Rolls turbofan is to cover a thrust range from 75,000-93,000 lb. to support the -800, -900, and -1000 versions.
    Rolls is the sole engine provider on the A350; Airbus wanted a second offering, but couldn't convince GE to make the case (GE has the sole engine on the 777-300ER, which has largely been seen as a hurdle to having the U.S. engine maker offering a powerplant for the big Airbus twin-widebody).
     

    Tags: tw99, Rolls, Airbus, TrentXWB, A350

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