Rolls-Royce has dispatched its first production line Trent XWB engine to Toulouse, ahead of the Airbus A350-900’s entry into service with Qatar Airways later this year. Rolls-Royce is the sole engine supplier for the three-member A350 XWB family. The A350-900 is powered by a baseline 370 kN (83,000 lb.) thrust version. This will be de-rated to 330 kN/350 kN for the -800, while an upgraded 432 kN thrust version will power the A350-1000. “When we reach peak production in 2017, we ...

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