Rolls-Royce Trent

November 14, 2011 - 8:08am

Rolls-Royce has introduced the first of a two-phase performance improvement for the Trent 900 engines that power the Airbus A380 airliner. Turbofans now being delivered to A380 operators have a one-percent improvement in specific fuel consumption compared with the initial units.

November 13, 2011 - 3:30am
Airbus A350 assembly line

Evidently regarding discretion as the better part of valor, Airbus has revised the production schedule for its planned A350 XWB, owing to delayed sub-assemblies under production by partners in Europe and the U.S. Airbus has moved the twin-aisle twinjet’s first-flight date from late 2012 to the first quarter of 2013.

November 12, 2011 - 9:10am

With engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce, Airbus is developing an enhanced A350-1000 variant with “outstanding [increased] payload and long[er] range, the best economics and 25-percent lower fuel burn and carbon dioxide emissions than [the Boeing 777-300ER].”

November 12, 2011 - 9:00am
Airbus A350XWB

Since the Boeing 787 entered service last month, the spotlight has turned toward Airbus, which is working hard on the competing A350XWB.

November 12, 2011 - 8:57am

Rolls-Royce arrives at this week’s Dubai Air Show pleased with the “very positive” results achieved during 1,200 hours of testing eight examples of the new Trent XWB engine developed for the planned Airbus A350XWB twin-aisle twinjet. The first Trent XWB has recently been fitted to Airbus A380 (MSN001) and is expected to fly shortly.

November 12, 2011 - 8:34am
Airbus A350

Airbus has pushed back the planned first flight of the Airbus A350XWB from late 2012 to the first quarter of 2013. Last Thursday, the European airframer admitted that it has had to revise its production schedule, blaming the slippage on delayed subassemblies being produced by partners in Europe and the U.S., including GKN Aerospace and Spirit Aerosystems.

November 12, 2011 - 7:47am

Rolls-Royce arrives at this week’s Dubai Air Show pleased with the “very positive” results achieved during 1,200 hours of testing eight examples of the new Trent XWB engine

November 10, 2011 - 8:35am
Airbus A340

Airbus has manufactured its last A340 following an extended period of extremely slow sales for the four-engine widebody. A EADS spokesman today confirmed the “termination” of the program, as revealed today in the company’s third-quarter earnings report. The decision resulted in a “positive one off” of €192 million ($263 million), according to the report.

November 7, 2011 - 9:50am
Boeing 737MAX computer-generated image

More details finally emerged about Boeing’s plans for the 737 MAX during a review of the third quarter by Boeing Commercial Airplanes CEO Jim Albaugh at the November 3 Goldman Sachs Industrials Conference in Boston.

October 21, 2011 - 8:44am
Rolls-Royce Trent 900

Rolls-Royce introduced the first of a two-phase performance improvement for the Trent 900 engines that power the Airbus A380 airliner. Turbofans now delivered to A380 operators have a 1-percent improvement in specific fuel consumption, compared with the initial units. Second-phase improvements due to enter service during 2013 will deliver a further 0.8-percent reduction in fuel burn.

 
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