Mitsubishi joins Trent 1000 program

Rolls-Royce announced today that Mitsubishi Heavy Industries is to be a risk and revenue sharing partner on the Trent 1000 engine being developed for the Boeing 7E7 Dreamliner.

Rolls-Royce announced today that Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) is to be a risk and revenue sharing partner (RRSP) on the Trent 1000 engine being developed for the Boeing 7E7 Dreamliner.

According to a statement, this is the first time that MHI has been involved as an RRSP on a Rolls-Royce large engine programme. It will take a seven per cent share in the Trent 1000 by supplying the combustor and low pressure turbine blades.

MHI will play a leading role in the design of its components, with teams based in Derby, England, and Japan.

Charles Cuddington, Managing Director, Airlines Business at Rolls-Royce, said: “We’re delighted to welcome MHI as an RRSP on the Trent 1000. Japanese expertise is at the heart of many of our engine programmes and this tradition is being maintained through the latest member of the Trent family.

MHI and Rolls-Royce are both members of the International Aero Engines consortium, which produces the V2500 engine for Airbus A320 series aircraft. MHI is also involved in the overhaul of Rolls-Royce Dart and Model 250 engines.

Preliminary design of the Trent 1000 is due to be completed by the end of this year. The first development engine is scheduled to run in 2006, with engine certification by the airworthiness authorities coming in 2007. The Boeing 7E7 is due to enter service in 2008.