Airbus Decides On Lower Thrust Requirement For A350
Airbus has reached consensus on a lower thrust rating for the engines that will power the A350 twin-widebody as part of the process to refine the aircraft-maker's newest product offering.
The thrust level for the first-to-be-fielded A350-900 is now set at 83,000 lb., having previously been 87,000 lb said Gordon McConnell, chief program engineer. The thrust level has now been frozen and Rolls-Royce -- still the sole engine provider -- will work to that level.
Thrust levels for the -800, which will be introduced in mid-2014 a year after the initial version, is now 74,000 lb., rather than 75,000 lb. listed earlier. For the largest model, the -1000 set to enter service in late 2015, the rating is 92,000 lb.
Airbus is still interested in enlisting General Electric to join the program, but little progress appears to have been made in recent months.
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