The Rolls-Royce Civil Aerospace team is present at the Farnborough International Airshow, the largest industry event on the aerospace calendar. Since last year’s Airshow, the company has introduced four engines to the market – Trent 1000 TEN, Trent XWB-97, Pearl 15, and Trent 7000, with the latest making its debut at the event.
Chris Cholerton, Rolls-Royce, President – Civil Aerospace, commented on the occasion, reminding everyone of the tough times and the challenges the company has been through, particularly with the Trent 1000 fleet. “We sincerely regret the disruption caused by the need for additional checks and maintenance on these engines and we continue to be intensely focused on resolving the issues our customers face.”
“We have now begun certification testing of the redesigned rotor blade for Trent 1000 Package C engines, with redesigns for other Trent 1000 engines following closely behind. Starting certification testing marks an important step towards returning these engines to the levels of service our customers rightly expect,” he continued.
Rolls-Royce’s strong position on new widebody aircraft is driving substantial growth across its civil aerospace business, particularly due to the great customer feedback on the Trent XWB-84 and the Trent XWB-97.
“We remain on track to deliver a record number of engines this year and we are supporting this growth with investment in our facilities, including the development of a new testbed in Derby, UK, as part of a wider £150m investment across the UK. All of these achievements drive us further towards our goal of achieving more than 50% market share in the widebody sector by the early 2020s, up from just 14% in 2000,” said Chris.
The company continues to invest in its future, with engine development programmes planned for the Pearl family engines. ““We are also looking further into the future with the pioneering investments the Group is making into electrification. Combined with the rapid progress we’re making in bringing our IntelligentEngine vision to life, we continue to pioneer new technology,” explained Chris.
Rolls-Royce can be found in Hall 4, Stand 41394, at the Farnborough International Airshow.