While long-haul travel is still severely disrupted as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Airbus A350-1000, powered by our Trent XWB-97 engine, is spearheading the recovery.

Major airlines who operate the A350-1000 aircraft in their fleet have been using the aircraft for passenger and cargo flights, due to its versatility, fuel efficiency, and the ability to carry passengers and large amounts of belly cargo at the same time.

A350s are being widely used in repatriation and cargo flights, with 24 new routes opened in April 2020.

The power behind the recovery

Two state-of-the-art Trent XWB engines power each A350-1000. The engines were exclusively designed for the A350 family and together with the aircraft, they bring 25 per cent lower costs, fuel burn and CO2 emissions than previous-generation aircraft.

Since their entry into service in 2018, they have proven themselves a highly reliable aircraft and engine combination, selected to operate ultra-long-haul routes with Qatar Airways and by Qantas for its ultra-long-range Project Sunrise.

During the recovery period [April-September], there have been no cancellations to A350-1000 flights because of the engines. Its versatility also means that airlines can use the aircraft on a variety of routes, from flights of more than 17 hours, to short 45-minute hops. This has been particularly useful when quickly organising repatriation or cargo flights for essential medical supplies.

Sam Azad, Head of Marketing for the Trent XWB said: “We saw a quick recovery for the A350-1000 and Trent XWB. This airframe and engine combination is proving exceptionally reliable, versatile and economical in difficult times for the aviation industry.”

The technology behind the power

The Trent XWB-97 is the latest and most powerful variant of the Trent XWB and builds on the foundation of the Trent XWB and powers the A350-1000. It has the highest operating temperatures and the most advanced cooling systems Rolls-Royce has ever designed in a civil engine.

Find out more about the Trent XWB here.

Power of Trent

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