Airbus set to enhance A350-1000 capability
Airbus and Rolls-Royce will jointly develop the A350-1000 with more powerful Trent XWB engines in response to market calls for more payload and range.
The enhanced version of the Trent XWB engine will be fully optimised for the largest member of the A350 XWB Family and will deliver up to 97,000lbs of thrust on takeoff, making it the most powerful engine ever developed for an Airbus aircraft. The entry into service is set for mid 2017.
Fabrice Brégier, Airbus’ chief operating officer, said: “We are delighted to announce that together with our partner Rolls-Royce, we will develop and produce an enhanced A350-1000 aircraft with outstanding payload and long range, the best economics, and 25 percent lower fuel burn and CO2 emissions than its nearest competitor.” He added: “This will unequivocally assure the A350-1000’s position as the most efficient aircraft in its category.”
The extra thrust together with an increased aircraft takeoff weight capability of 308 tonnes will enable airlines to fly the new A350-1000 approximately 400nm further with a full load of 350 passengers, or carry around 4.5 extra tonnes of payload at a given range. This will support the development of long haul-routes for emerging markets such as Shanghai-Boston or Paris-Santiago, as well as more traditional ones like Manchester-Los Angeles or Dubai-Melbourne.
Mark King, Rolls-Royce president, civil aerospace, said: “We are proud to power the Airbus A350-1000 with our specially tailored Trent XWB engine. Trent XWB engines currently on test are proving it to be the most advanced civil aero engine in the world today. The higher thrust variant of the Trent XWB optimised for the A350-1000 incorporates further innovations from our Advance 3 technology demonstrator programmes. This has enabled us to offer our partner, Airbus, a new, higher thrust version of the engine with industry-leading levels of efficiency.”
Airbus does not expect any impact on 2011 earnings.