New partners for engine programme

Rolls-Royce announced today that Goodrich Corporation and Hamilton Sundstrand have been selected as partners on the Trent 1000 engine being developed for the Boeing 7E7 Dreamliner.

Rolls-Royce announced today that US-based companies Goodrich Corporation and Hamilton Sundstrand have been selected as risk and revenue sharing partners (RRSPs) on the Trent 1000 engine being developed for the Boeing 7E7 Dreamliner.

Goodrich’s Engine Control Systems business unit, based in Birmingham, UK, will design and manufacture the Trent 1000’s engine control system. Goodrich is already a partner on every member of the Trent series, and also has a control systems agreement covering smaller aero engines produced by Rolls-Royce.

The contract is expected to generate more than $1 billion in original equipment and aftermarket sales for Goodrich over the life of the program.

Hamilton Sundstrand, which will be responsible for the Trent 1000 gearbox system, is already a partner on the Trent 500 and Trent 900 programmes.

Goodrich and Hamilton join Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) and Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI) as Trent 1000 RRSPs.

Rolls-Royce says a programme of component rig testing has already begun for the Trent 1000, and detailed design of the engine will be completed by the end of the year. Development testing will start in Spring 2006, followed by engine certification by the airworthiness authorities in 2007. The Trent 1000 will enter service in 2008.

ANA (All Nippon Airways) of Japan, the launch customer for the 7E7, announced last week that it had selected the Trent 1000 to power 50 7E7s. Air New Zealand, the only other 7E7 customer so far to make an engine decision, also chose the Trent 1000 for its two aircraft.