Japan’s ANA (All Nippon Airways) has chosen the Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engine to power its new, flagship fleet of 50 Boeing 7E7 Dreamliners in a deal worth $1 billion (£560 million). Entry into service is scheduled for 2008.
Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) and Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI) have joined the Trent 1000 programme as risk and revenue sharing partners (RRSPs).
MHI will have a 7% share of the programme by supplying the engine’s combustor and low-pressure turbine blades, while KHI’s 8.5% share involves an agreement to assemble and supply the intermediate pressure compressor module.
In the only other engine decision announced to date, Air New Zealand also chose the Trent 1000 for its Boeing 7E7s.
Preliminary design of the Trent 1000 will be completed by the end of the year, with first engine run scheduled for Spring 2006. Engine certification is due in mid 2007, followed by flight testing later that year, and entry into service in Spring 2008.
The Trent 1000 is the fifth member of the Trent series, the first of which entered service in 1995. By the time the Trent 1000 flies with ANA, previous versions of the Trent will have accumulated around 35 million flying hours.
All Trent engines share the unique three-shaft design common to all Rolls-Royce’s large engines.