Rolls-Royce’s Accel Electric Aircraft Takes Flight

By Tony Osborne Sep 15, 2021
Rolls-Royce has completed the first flight of its electric-powered Spirit of Innovation aircraft, also known as Accel.
Emerging Technologies

Rolls-Royce To Power Aeralis Modular Jet Trainer

By Tony Osborne Sep 14, 2021
Rolls-Royce is to provide the power and propulsion systems for the modular jet training aircraft being developed by UK start-up Aeralis.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Increased Flying Activity Boosts Rolls-Royce Finances

By Tony Osborne Aug 05, 2021
Executives of aero-engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce say they are encouraged by increasing levels of flying activity, bolstered by domestic flights using wide-body aircraft.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Rolls-Royce Set To Begin Hybrid-Electric Power Tests

By Guy Norris Jul 23, 2021
Rolls-Royce's Power Generation System 1 (PGS1) demonstrator is designed to pave the way for future hybrid-electric regional propulsion system development.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Rolls-Royce Outlines Roadmap To Ready Engines For 100% SAF By 2023

By Tony Osborne Jun 17, 2021
Rolls-Royce says it will make its all of its civil aircraft engines compatible with sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) as part of its roadmap for decarbonizing aerospace.
Aircraft & Propulsion

United Airlines Plans Supersonic Future With Boom Overture Orders

By Guy Norris Jun 03, 2021
The United deal, which also covers options for 35 additional aircraft, envisages introduction of the first civil supersonic services on trans-Atlantic and Pacific routes by 2029.
Airlines & Lessors

Rolls-Royce Opens World’s Largest Indoor Engine Testbed

By Guy Norris May 27, 2021
Following a series of commissioning runs with a Trent XWB turbofan and after almost three years of construction, Rolls-Royce has officially opened Testbed 80 at its Derby, England headquarters. 
Aircraft & Propulsion

Rolls-Royce, IATA Finalizing Aftermarket Competitiveness Deal

By Sean Broderick May 19, 2021
The agreement would clarify the manufacturer’s positions on using third-party alternatives such as parts repairs on its engines, and what, if any, ramifications such cost-saving moves have on warranties and other services.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Daily Memo: Boeing’s -5X Project A Must-Win For Engine OEMs

By Jens Flottau Mar 23, 2021
As Boeing is quietly beginning to work on what is now being called the -5X project—a small widebody aircraft derived from the new mid-market airplane (NMA) studies—things are getting serious for the three engine OEMs, too. 
Aircraft & Propulsion

Norway Bans Sale Of Rolls-Royce Unit; Avinor Plans Innovation Hub

By Alan Dron Mar 23, 2021
The Norwegian government has prohibited the sale of Rolls-Royce's marine powerplant division Bergen Engines to the international arm of a Russian company.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Rolls-Royce Confident Of Rapid Air Travel Recovery After $5.6B Loss

By Tony Osborne Mar 11, 2021
Rolls-Royce CEO Warren East said he is confident about a rapid recovery of the air transport sector after the pandemic led the company to a £4 billion ($5.6 billion) loss in 2020. 
Aircraft & Propulsion

Rolls-Royce Electrical System To Power Vertical Aerospace eVTOL 

By Tony Osborne Mar 09, 2021
Rolls-Royce has been selected to provide the electrical propulsion system for Vertical Aerospace’s gull-wing VA-X4 urban air mobility aircraft. 
Urban & Unmanned Aviation

Taxi Trials Begin for Rolls-Royce Electric Aircraft 

By Tony Osborne Mar 01, 2021
Rolls-Royce’s ACCEL high-speed electric-powered aircraft has completed its first taxi tests ahead of flight testing. 
Aircraft & Propulsion

Rolls-Royce Revises Down Expected Widebody Engine Flying Hours

By Guy Ferneyhough Jan 26, 2021
Rolls-Royce has cut its forecast for widebody engine flying hours in 2021 by 21% after the widespread tightening of international travel restrictions worldwide to curb the spread of new coronavirus variants.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Rolls-Royce Outsources Indian R&D Center To Infosys

By Michael Bruno Dec 03, 2020
Rolls-Royce has hired Infosys, one of India’s largest digitally-based consulting firms, to provide engineering, research and development services for its civil aerospace business, turning over a major office in Bengaluru that the engine-maker built up over the last decade.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Rolls-Royce Completes Ground Testing For ACCEL Electric Aircraft 

By Tony Osborne Sep 24, 2020
Rolls-Royce has developed ACCEL to beat the current electric aircraft speed record of 210 mph.
Emerging Technologies

Rolls-Royce Would Support German STH Chinook Engines

By Tony Osborne Sep 18, 2020
Rolls-Royce is part of Boeing’s industry team to support the rotorcraft as it faces off against Sikorsky’s CH-53K King Stallion to secure the lucrative Schwerer Transporthubschrauber (STH) contract.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Rolls-Royce Targets Disposals As COVID-19 Ravages Revenues

By Tony Osborne Aug 27, 2020
Aero-engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce is looking to sell off assets as the impact of the coronavirus crisis on the travel industry bites deep into the company’s finances.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Boom, Rolls-Royce Team On Overture Supersonic Study

By Guy Norris Jul 30, 2020
High-speed airliner developer Boom Supersonic and engine-maker Rolls-Royce have agreed to study propulsion system concepts for the Colorado-based company’s proposed Mach 2.2 Overture aircraft design.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Rolls-Royce ACCEL To Fly Later This Year

By Tony Osborne Jul 24, 2020
Rolls-Royce is planning to make the first flight of its ACCEL high-speed electric-powered aircraft later this year.
Emerging Technologies

Despite $3.8B COVID Hit, Rolls-Royce Sees Gradual Recovery in Air Travel

By Tony Osborne Jul 09, 2020
Aero-engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce has taken a £3 billion ($3.8 billion) hit to its finances as a result of the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Rolls-Royce Reaffirms Electric Push As Part Of Zero Carbon Commitment

By Guy Norris Jun 05, 2020
UK engine maker Rolls-Royce has reasserted plans to focus on electrification and alternative fuels as part of a broader corporate commitment to…
Aircraft & Propulsion

A&D Primes Sell Consultancy Exostar to Private Equity

Jun 02, 2020
U.S. defense prime contractors and aerospace OEMs will sell their 20-year-old industry consultancy Exostar to private equity buyer Thoma Bravo
Supply Chain

Rolls-Royce Planning 9,000 Job Cuts, Facility Review

By Tony Osborne May 20, 2020
Aero-engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce is looking to cut 9,000 jobs from its 52,000-strong workforce as the company restructures in the face of the coronavirus crisis.
Aircraft & Propulsion

USAF Opens Bidding Phase Of B-52 Re-Engine Competition

By Steve Trimble May 20, 2020
The request for proposals invites bids from GE Aviation, Pratt & Whitney and Rolls-Royce to supply 608 engines.
Aircraft & Propulsion