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Aviation News Airbus A350: first Trent XWB engine serviced and delivered back by N3

Airbus A350: first Trent XWB engine serviced and delivered back by N3

Romain Guillot
16 JAN 2020 | 297 words
Airbus A350: first Trent XWB engine serviced and delivered back by N3
Lufthansa
N3 Engine Overhaul Services, the joint venture between Rolls-Royce and Lufthansa Technik which specialises in servicing the British engine manufacturer's Trent family, has completed its first overhaul of a Trent XWB. The engine joined Lufthansa's A350-900 fleet based in Munich at the end of December.

This first overhaul for a Trent XWB-84 at N3's Arnstadt facility marks the final stage in the development of its fourth engine maintenance capability, after the Trent 500 (A340-500/600), Trent 700 (A330) and Trent 900 (A380). N3's teams had been training in the finest details for several months, with initial training and intensive practical exercises on a test engine.

"The whole team had to familiarise themselves with new assembly and stripping technologies and approaches, and had to learn how to repair the components of this state-of-the-art engine", said Andrew Elvidge, project director at N3 Engine Overhaul Services.

N3 Engine Overhaul Services started its activities in April 2007 on the Trent platform, nearly four years after the first A340-600s joined Lufthansa's fleet. The German maintenance company now repairs and services Trent engines for over 50 clients, at a rate of 150 to 200 workshop inspections per year, notably under Rolls-Royce TotalCare support contract.

But the Rolls-Royce and Lufthansa Technik joint enterprise already had a major presence in the Trent XWB programme, as it was the first and only company in Europe to be approved by Rolls-Royce to carry out repairs on the high power engine's high pressure compressor blisks, as well as on engine mast components. In addition, new Trent XWBs are tested regularly in N3's test facilities, which feature one of the largest engine test benches in the world and which is approved for thrusts of up to 150 000 pounds (667 kN).
Romain Guillot
Chief editor
Cofounder of Journal de l'Aviation and Alertavia


 
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