Rolls-Royce announced today, February 16, 2001, that Qantas has chosen Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engines to power its new fleet of 12 Airbus Industrie A380 airliners, making the Trent the only engine selected by A380 customers.
Qantas has placed firm orders for 12 A380s with deliveries to begin in 2006 as part of a US$4.6 billion fleet programme.
Qantas becomes the third airline to select Trent-powered A380s; following previously announced decisions by Singapore Airlines and Virgin Atlantic. A total of 49 aircraft are now ordered and on option, representing the supply of nearly 200 Trent 900 engines.
The Trent 900, which is offered with a range of in-service thrusts from 68,000 – 75,000lb, will be certificated at 80,000lb allowing margin for operational demands and potential for growth.
According to Rolls-Royce it will be the lead engine in the A380’s joint certification programme. Preliminary design of the Trent 900 is said to be almost complete and seven engines will be used throughout the development phase.
Versions of the Trent family currently in service are said to have accumulated 2.7 million flying hours. The Trent 700 entered service on the A330 in 1995 followed by the Trent 800-powered Boeing 777 a year later.
‘Qantas joins the growing family of Trent customers and we look forward to playing our part in establishing the A380 as the new flagship of the Qantas fleet,’ commented John Cheffins, President of Civil Aerospace, Rolls-Royce.