Monday, April 22, 2013
Rolls-Royce won a $1.6 billion order from International Airlines Group (IAG) for Trent XWB engines to power 18 Airbus A350-1000 aircraft. In addition, IAG has placed options for a further 18 A350 aircraft. The A350-1000 aircraft is powered exclusively by the higher-thrust version of the Trent XWB. The engine, specifically designed for the A350 XWB, is the fastest selling Trent engine ever with more than 1,200 sold. (Source: Rolls-Royce, 04/22/13) Gulf Coast ties: Rolls-Royce Outdoor Jet Engine Test Facility at Stennis Space Center tests Trent series of Rolls-Royce engines, including the XWB; the thrust reverser for the XWB was built by Goodrich, since purchased by United Technologies. It has a service center in Foley, Ala; Airbus will be building A320 jetliners in Mobile, Ala.