Australian airline Qantas has committed to a deal for 12 Trent XWB-97 powered Airbus A350-1000s that will support non-stop flights between London to Sydney and Melbourne.
The Trent XWB-97 is the world’s most efficient large aero engine in service, delivering a 15% fuel consumption advantage over the first Trent engine, enabling airlines to fly further on less fuel.
It is also ready to operate on sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) as they become more available to airlines in the future.
This is in line with the airlines’ commitment to proving all Trent engines are compatible with 100% SAF by 2023.
Ewen McDonald, chief customer officer, Rolls-Royce Civil Aerospace, said: “We have been powering Qantas aircraft for more than 40 years and we are delighted to be making more history with Qantas on Project Sunrise.
“This project is closely aligned with our company’s passion for pioneering new innovation and achieving industry firsts. Our Trent XWB engine already has a pedigree in powering ultra-long haul flights and doing so with the maximum efficiency and reliability.”
In addition, through industry leading engine efficiency the Trent XWB has contributed to avoiding more than 10 million tonnes of CO2 since it launched in 2015.
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