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ROLLS-ROYCE TRENT ENGINE TO POWER NEW MCDONNELL DOUGLAS MD-12

    ROLLS-ROYCE TRENT ENGINE TO POWER NEW MCDONNELL DOUGLAS MD-12
    RESTON, Va., Nov. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Rolls-Royce plc and Douglas Aircraft Co. have reached agreement for Rolls-Royce to provide the Trent engine to power the new McDonnell Douglas MD-12 airliner.
    Rolls-Royce will provide an engine in the 75,000-pound-thrust class.
    "The Trent and the MD-12 make an excellent match as the engine has ample power at the outset and the capacity to grow as future models of the aircraft require more thrust," said Frank Turner, Rolls-Royce director, civil engines.
    "Also, the Trent is the lightest engine offered for the MD-12, giving operators substantially greater payload/range capability.  The Trent offers overall performance levels most consistent with the MD-12 design," Turner said.
    The Trent family will be able to meet all anticipated thrust requirements for future MD-12 derivatives.
    The MD-12 trijet is scheduled for its first flight in late 1995 with certification set for 1997.  Initial MD-12 models will carry 375 passengers in a typical three-class configuration with a range greater than 8,000 nautical miles with the Trent.  Maximum aircraft take-off weight will be 897,000 pounds.
    "Trent operators will benefit from the Rolls-Royce wide-chord fan blades, which have proven themselves in nearly 5 million hours of service without a failure," said Turner.
    "The Trent uses the three-shaft design which is common to all large Rolls-Royce turbofan engines.  This design has been proven over millions of operating hours to provide high reliability, efficiency and performance retention."
    The Trent combines proven design with high technology features from Rolls-Royce's advanced engineering program.  The first engine began testing in August 1990 and has exceeded 75,000 pounds of thrust.  Currently, there are four Trents running in the test program, which is proceeding well.  The first Trent certification is scheduled for December 1993.
    Rolls-Royce currently has orders and options for 178 Trents worth more than $1.7 billion.  The Trent is designed to power the next generation of wide-bodied airliners, such as the MD-12, now in development.
    Rolls-Royce is a world leader in the design, development and manufacture of civil and military aviation, marine and industrial gas turbine engines.
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    /CONTACT:  Robert Stangarone, 703-318-9002, or Dick Dalton, 703-318-9005, both of Rolls-Royce/ CO:  Rolls-Royce plc; Douglas Aircraft Co. ST:  Virginia IN:  ARO SU: TW -- DC002 -- 2492 11/08/91 09:33 EST
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