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A330neo with our ADT makes first revenue flight


The A330neo made its first commercial flight on Saturday, December 15, 2018, bearing the red and green livery of launch customer TAP Air Portugal. This new airliner is powered by Trent 7000 engines with Accessory Drive Train (ADT) from Aero Gearbox International. The first flight by this latest addition to Airbus’s family of widebody airliners with paying passengers was from Lisbon to São Paulo.


After a first flight by the A330-800 variant on November 6 and ETOPS 180 approval* secured from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for the A330-900 on November 22, the 10-hour transatlantic flight marked the A330neo’s entry into commercial revenue service.

The Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 has an Accessory Drive Train (ADT) transmission system developed by Aero Gearbox International, a 50/50 joint company between Safran Transmission Systems and Rolls-Royce. The Trent 7000 ADT benefits from the maturity gained through 30 years of in-service experience with the Trent 700 engine, coupled with the latest innovations from Safran Transmission Systems.


Well done to all involved!

Eric Valentin, CEO of Safran Transmission Systems, was keen to congratulate the teams on this successful first collaboration between our company and Rolls-Royce: “The Accessory Drive Train for the Trent 7000 is the first ADT developed by the Aero Gearbox International teams and benefits from the expertise of its parent companies: Safran Transmission Systems and its skills in design and production and Rolls-Royce’s know-how in propulsion system integration. The A330neo’s entry into commercial service is a major milestone in our partnership with Rolls-Royce. I’m proud of the work accomplished by our teams and I’m sure customers will be completely satisfied with the ADT!

Norbert Arndt, Rolls-Royce executive vice president of structures and transmissions, is equally pleased at the aircraft’s revenue service entry, which marks the culmination of a successful joint endeavor. “The service entry of the A330neo powered by the Trent 7000 and equipped with the Accessory Drive Train from AGI is a source of great pride for everyone at AGI, Safran Transmission Systems and Rolls-Royce who has contributed to the design, development and production of this very first ADT under our new joint venture.”

Reflecting growing demand for widebody airliners, Airbus has already booked more than 220 firm orders for the A330neo.


*Extended Twin-Engined Operations, 180 minutes