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Flights connecting some of the farthest cities in the world are referred to as ultra-long-range flights. These flights are defined as being 16 hours or more.
The Airbus A350 XWB, powered by the most efficient large aero engine in service, the Trent XWB.
The Trent XWB, which is the sixth generation of the Trent family, powers the longest commercial flight in the world.
The average duration of an A350 XWB flight is typically six hours, yet the engines that power these flights are the same as those which power ultra-long-range routes of up to 19 hours.
The A350 and Trent XWB come into their own; the aircraft is used for the longest commercial flight in the world, as well as shorter flights that take as little as 45 minutes.
High-pressure turbine blades on Trent XWB engine operate in an environment where temperatures can exceed 1,700 degrees Celsius. This level of heat is above their melting point, so each blade has tiny air holes drilled in it where “cooling air” of around 700 degrees Celsius is blown to cover the blade’s surface.
Rolls Royce carried out endurance tests in Thailand to monitor how its components behave. They simulated the equivalent of more than 1,000 ultra-long-range flights, back-to-back. “The results demonstrated that our engine is capable of breaking our own current record and setting the new one for the longest commercial flight in the future”.. said the Rolls Royce.
After five years in service, it has proven reliability. The first engines travelled the equivalent of 350 times around the world before their first overhaul, where engines are taken apart, and parts that endure a high amount of load or stress are replaced.
For an engine that regularly flies through some of the world’s harshest conditions, it’s unprecedented that the Trent XWB has demonstrated such durability and reliability.
The world’s longest commercial flight – connecting New York and Singapore on Airbus A350XWB was powered by Trent XWB.
Before the pandemic, the A350-1000 and Trent XWB-97 were selected for a new record-breaker. Qantas selected the Airbus A350-1000, powered by the Trent XWB-97 to power its Project Sunrise ultra-long-haul flights from the East Coast of Australia to London and New York.
1914 – The Rolls-Royce Eagle engine powered the first non-stop transatlantic flight, as well as the first flight from England to Australia (1919) – both in the Vickers Vimy aircraft.
1989 – The RB211-524 powered the first non-stop flight from London to Australia. The Qantas-operated Boeing 747-400 broke the record on August 17 1989, flying 9,188 nautical miles, something that at the time was thought of being impossible.
2004 – Singapore Airlines flew the longest non-stop commercial flight in the world using the Trent 500-powered Airbus A340-500. The flight operated between Singapore and Newark (8285nm).
2014 – The Trent 900-powered Airbus A380, took the crown for the longest commercial flight. Operated by Qantas, the world’s largest passenger aircraft began flying the world’s longest route at the time, from Sydney to Dallas/Fort Worth, with a total distance of 7,454nm.
2018 – The current ultra-long-range record is powered by our Trent XWB – the world’s most efficient large aero engine in service today. Since October 2018, Singapore Airlines has flown the Airbus A350 XWB from Singapore to Newark, USA.