The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has awarded type certification for the Rolls-Royce Trent XWB turbofan destined to power the first two members of the Airbus A350 family. The agency presented the certificate to Rolls-Royce today at EASA’s headquarters in Cologne, Germany.
This certification covers Trent XWB engines designed to power the A350-800 and A350-900 variants. A higher thrust version of the Trent XWB remains under development for the A350-1000.
Airbus and Rolls-Royce engineers are now engaged in preparing the engines for installation on A350-900 MSN001, scheduled for first flight this summer. The Trent XWB has already powered a series of test flights on Airbus’ A380 flying test bed since February 2012.