The timetable in this type of major project is highly demanding. Despite many problems with the supply of castings from suppliers, Volvo Aero never affected scheduled deliveries of engines to Airbus. Currently, production of the final components to the test flight program is under way and series deliveries will begin in early spring 2005.
All critical milestones for the Trent 900 were met, despite the tight timetable. The most recent was engine certification, which was approved on October 29, 2004.
The first A380 flight with the Trent 900 engines is scheduled for the first quarter of 2005 and first delivery to a customer, Singapore Airlines, will be made in the second quarter of 2006.
For the Trent 900, Volvo Aero is a risk- and revenue-sharing partner, while in the other case, the GP7000, the company functions only as a partner with MTU, with the task of being responsible for the low-pressure turbine case. It took only six months from the date that the contract was signed for production to start up in Trollhättan, which is an exceptionally short time in this context. The LP turbine case is a large casing with thin cross section. Machinig of this type of component requires very complex fixtures. Volvo Aero though its specialization has obtained a market share of > 75% (large commercial engine market) for LP Turbine cases.
Volvo Aero has participated in production technology development by manufacturing a large number of development components, all of which were delivered on time.
A very close cooperation with its partners was a condition for the team from Volvo Aero to succeed in meeting the highly demanding timetable, without jeopardizing quality in any respect.
The first series deliveries for the GP7000 will begin on June this year.
The GP7000 has a thrust of between 70,000 to 84,000 pounds.
Production of the Trent 900 and GP7000 is expected to extend over at least 20 years. At full production, series manufacturing is expected to employee 35 to 40 persons, of which some 15 with the GP7000 and slightly more than 20 with the Trent 900.
January 18, 2005
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