Rolls-Royce has dispatched the first Trent 7000 production engine to the Airbus facility in Toulouse, France. The Trent 7000, newest member of the Rolls-Royce Trent engine family, was delivered on July 16, 2018, to become the powerplant for the A330neo which enters service in late 2018.

“We are excited to have taken this latest step in our Trent 7000 journey and we now look forward to supporting Airbus and TAP Air Portugal as they prepare for the aircraft to enter into service later this year,”  says Chris Cholerton, Rolls-Royce President – Civil Aerospace.

The Trent 7000 brings together experience from the Trent 700, which powers the original version of the A330, combining architecture from the Trent 1000 TEN, and the latest technology from the Trent XWB. Benefitting from a bypass ratio double that of its predecessor, the Trent 7000 is expected to improve specific fuel consumption by 10 %, and reduce noise.

Formal certification of the engine is expected to start shortly.