The Trent 700 engine, produced by Bondholder Rolls-Royce, powered Airbus' new BelugaXL air transporter on its maiden flight from Toulouse, France. The aircraft is the first of five new aircraft that will replace the current Airbus Beluga fleet.
Rolls-Royce has drawn on its Trent 700 experience to help create the Trent 7000 engine which will power the Airbus A330neo aircraft and was debuted at the 2018 Farnborough Airshow. The engine also received its official ‘ticket to fly’ from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) last week.
The new engine has already proven popular with AirAsia X selecting 34 Airbus A330neo aircraft and Uganda Airlines selecting two.
Chris Cholerton, President of Rolls-Royce Civil Aerospace said "AirAsia X continue to display impressive growth and we are proud, once again, to be supporting their ambitions. The Trent 7000 is performing extremely well in flight testing and we look forward to a smooth entry into service with AirAsia X."