Rolls-Royce announces four new trent 900 partners

Rolls-Royce plc today announced that agreement had been reached with four new partners to join its Trent 900 aero engine programme.

The Trent 900 is being developed for the high-capacity, four-engined Airbus Industrie A380, due to enter service in 2006.

FiatAvio of Italy, together with Goodrich Corporation, Hamilton Sundstrand and Honeywell of the United States, become risk and revenue sharing partners, joining Volvo, whose participation was announced in May.

Goodrich takes responsibility for the rear and centre portions of the fan case, while Honeywell will supply the engine’s pneumatic system, which includes components such as the starter, bleed valves and the turbine case cooling system.

FiatAvio, who participate in both the Tay and Trent 500, will design and manufacture the Trent 900 gearbox, while Hamilton Sundstrand, already a partner in the Trent 500 programme, will produce the Trent 900’s Full Authority Digital Engine Control (FADEC) system.

The Trent 900, scheduled for engine certification in 2004 at 81,500lb thrust, has been selected by Singapore Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, Qantas and International Lease Finance Corporation.