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Rolls-Royce celebrates 25 years of Trent – and plans for its future


Rolls-Royce celebrates 25 years of Trent – and plans for its future

Rolls-Royce is this year, celebrating the achievements of an engine family that has transformed the way we travel – delivering durability and reliability that has allowed airlines to set new standards of service.


Twenty-five years ago – on February 28, 1995 – the very first Trent engine powered the first Airbus A330 as it completed its delivery flight to Cathay Pacific in Hong Kong. Since then, the Trent has become part of a global aviation success story.


Rolls-Royce celebrates 25 years

Those 25 years have seen the Trent family:


  • Travel more than 145 million engine flying hours – the equivalent of 390 times to the sun and back

  • Carry approximately 3.5 billion people on holidays, business and humanitarian missions Receive continued customer endorsement – there are now 132 Trent operators worldwide

  • Transform Rolls-Royce from a business with single digit widebody market share to one that powers almost one in two widebody aircraft today

  • Achieve a world record for time on wing – last year, an Aeroflot A330 powered by the Trent 700 reached 50,000 engine flying hours without requiring an overhaul


Rolls-Royce celebrates 25 years

Trent has also been the engine family of choice for many Middle Eastern carriers, including Emirates Airline, who have used Trent engines to power their expanding fleet since 1996. Most recently, Emirates order for 50 Airbus 350-900 will include the super-efficient Trent XWB engines.


The seven-strong family is made up of the Trent 500, Trent 700, Trent 800, Trent 900, Trent 1000, Trent XWB and Trent 7000. Each engine has been either the market leader on its designated aircraft, or first into service on that aircraft, and sometimes both.


And while this month marks a celebration of 25 years since the first engine was delivered, it is actually not even half the eventual Trent story as engines continue to be produced to meet demand. Ten years ago, 1,500 Trents were in service, today it is just over 4,000 and in ten years’ time it will be around 7,500. Trent engines being made today in the UK, Singapore and Germany will be in service for decades to come.