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Rolls-Royce unveils future of plane engines

Published on Feb 27, 2014 7:10 AM

DERBY, United Kingdom (AFP) - Rolls-Royce on Wednesday unveiled designs for its next generation of fuel-efficient plane engines, aimed at powering civilian aircraft of the future.

Two weeks after announcing a shock profit warning with government cutbacks on defence spending impacting its military engines business, the British group revealed plans to build on its successful Trent XWB engine, which is exclusively powering Airbus A350 long-haul passenger planes.

"A big bulk of the (aircraft cost) efficiency is coming from the engines, so we have an important role to play to support our customers," Mr Eric Schulz, in charge of Rolls' large civilian jet engines unit, said Wednesday in a conference call with reporters attending a media presentation in Derby, central England.

Rolls said that Advance, the development name for one of its future engines, will burn at least 20 percent less fuel - with a corresponding drop in CO2 emissions - compared with the first generation of Trent engines that entered service in 1995. The Advance could be ready by the end of the decade, it added.

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