Rolls-Royce has been awarded engine type certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for the Trent XWB that will power the Airbus A350 XWB aircraft.
The certificate was formally handed over by EASA executive director Patrick Goudou to Rolls-Royce Trent XWB programme director Chris Young at EASA headquarters in Cologne, Germany.
Certification confirms the engine has fulfilled EASA’s airworthiness requirements for flight and is the last major engine milestone prior to the first flight of the Airbus A350 XWB later this year.
The company has also won an order worth $1.1bn, at list prices, from Air Lease Corporation for Trent XWB engines to power its 25 Airbus A350XWB aircraft.
Twenty of the Airbus A350 XWB aircraft will be the -900 variant and five will be the -1000 variant which is powered by a higher-thrust version of the Trent XWB.
Air Lease Corporation also has options for an additional five A350-1000 aircraft.