Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, has received certification from Japan’s aviation authority for its Trent 1000 engine, confirming its readiness to power the Boeing 787 Dreamliner’s entry into service with All Nippon Airways (ANA).
A Certificate of Type Approval has been granted by the Japanese Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB), the first granted for an engine powering the 787 Dreamliner.
Last month Rolls-Royce announced the Trent 1000 had been granted Extended Twin Engine Operations (ETOPS) approval by the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA), again a first for an engine operating on the 787.
Flight tests to support ETOPS approval of the engine/aircraft combination are now taking place and engines have been delivered for the first ANA 787 Dreamliner to go into passenger service.
Simon Carlisle, Rolls-Royce, Trent 1000 Programme Director, said: “JCAB approval is a significant milestone for this programme. The Trent 1000 is leading the way on the 787 Dreamliner, providing the lowest fuel burn, noise and weight, which contributes to the 787’s target of generating 20 per cent less CO2 than previous generation aircraft. We look forward to celebrating the 787 Dreamliner’s entry into service with All Nippon Airways.”
The Trent 1000, which ran for the first time in 2006, was granted FAA certification in August 2007, and has amassed more than 10,000 hours of ground and flight tests.
The Trent 1000 powered the 787 Dreamliner’s first flight in December 2009 and has powered 80 per cent of all test flights and test hours. The engine powers five out of the seven aircraft in the 787 flight test programme.