Thai Airways and Rolls Royce Sign New Testbed Agreement
The world’s second-largest maker of aircraft engines, Rolls Royce recently announced a new agreement with Thailand’s national air carrier Thai Airways to support their Trent XWB program. The agreements see’s Rolls Royce adding further testbed capacity to the project. The testbed at Don Mueang Airport in Thailand will be used by Rolls Royce for their Trent XWB engine project. Thai Airways will perform tests on cyclic and maturity aspects of the engine, these tests will provide a greater understanding regarding engine performances over a sustained duration of service.
Three new large engines for the civil aero services are currently being introduced by Rolls Royce. The Trent XWB-97, which is a high thrust version of the Trent XWB, will soon enter service with the Airbus A350-1000, the Trent 7000, which will be launched later in the year, will power the Airbus A330neo and the Boeing 787 Dreamliner now uses the Trent 1000 Ten, which began service in November last year.
Senior Vice President – Customer, Civil Aerospace for Rolls Royce, Ewen Mcdonald said, “We are pleased to be working with THAI to support this engine test programme. This agreement reaffirms our commitment to the region and is another important building block in our growth story. By the early 2020s, one in two modern widebody passenger aircraft will be powered by Trent engines.”
PCL, Executive Vice President – Technical for Thai Airways International, Surachai Piencharoensak said, “We look forward to working with Rolls-Royce to carry out these tests. It is an important recognition of the skills of our engineering teams and a welcome addition to our workload.”
The testbed at Don Mueang is currently being used for engine pass-off tests, the 13-meter bed is capable of 150,000lb of thrust.
As part of an ongoing commitment to develop and support the need in engine delivery over the next few years Rolls Royce has also secured use of other testbed facilities one in the UK city of Derby and the other at Fort Worth in Texas, United States.