Test flights of Rolls-Royce's upgraded Trent 1000 Package C configuration for Boeing's stretched 787-9 are underway on the engine maker's 747-200 flying testbed in Tucson, Ariz. The Trent 1000 is lead engine on the 787-9, which will be delivered to its first operator, Air New Zealand, in 2014. The same 74,000-lb.-thrust engine standard will also power 787-8s that enter service later in 2014. The Package C is designed to improve fuel burn and turbine exhaust gas temperature margin, with ...

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