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The A330neo takes flight, powered by the Trent 7000 engine equipped with Aero Gearbox International’s accessory drive train. Congratulations to the teams!


The first Airbus A330neo equipped with the Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engine made its maiden flight on Thursday, 19 October 2017. The Trent family’s most recent creation is equipped with the accessory drive train developed by Aero Gearbox International (AGI), a 50/50 joint venture between Safran Transmission Systems and Rolls-Royce.
This flight of the Airbus A330neo marks an historic step for Aero Gearbox International, 32 months after its creation in March 2015. This program is the first to have benefited from the experience and expertise of its parent companies: Safran Transmission Systems’ skills in design, production and support in accessory drive train services and Rolls-Royce’s know-how in engine design and propulsion system integration.

"The Trent 7000 accessory drive train engine benefits from a modern architecture, the result of the experience of Safran Transmission Systems and Rolls-Royce, and the partnership built by the two companies to ensure the success of the program. Together, the AGI, Rolls-Royce and Safran Transmission Systems teams managed to meet the technical challenges according to the ambitious schedule of the client Airbus, and I commend them for this initial success! All our efforts will now focus on the industrialization of the program, and I don’t doubt the determination of the teams to fulfil our commitments”, stated Hélène Moreau-Leroy, CEO of Safran Transmission Systems.

"The Trent 7000 first flight is also the first flight of a gearbox designed and supplied by AGI to Rolls-Royce. When the Trent 7000 Program started, AGI was in its formation. Delivering the gearbox to support this first flight is a testimony of working together between AGI, Safran and Rolls-Royce we should be very proud of.” pointed out Norbert Arndt, EVP Structures and Transmissions of Rolls-Royce.

"The constraint of the development schedule was a major challenge: the good communication between the Rolls-Royce, Safran Transmission Systems and AGI teams helped us meet the key milestones of the program. This cooperation was particularly remarkable in handling the altitude testing problems and made it possible to define, test and implement a solution in record time, a success highlighted by Airbus. Thanks to everyone!”, added Laetitia Velluet, head of CLE (Civil Large Engine) programs, Aero Gearbox International.

"The Trent 7000 is Aero Gearbox International’s first program: a successful take-off for the A330neo and our young joint venture. This success is the result of a close collaboration between Rolls-Royce, Safran Transmission Systems and AGI. My thanks to the teams for this success!”, shared Etienne Boisseau, CEO of Aero Gearbox International.


Safran is a leading international high-technology group with three core businesses: Aerospace (propulsion and equipment), Defence and Security. Operating worldwide, the Group has 70,000 employees and generated sales of 17.4 billion euros in 2015. Safran is listed on Euronext Paris and is part of the CAC40 index, as well as the Euro Stoxx 50 European index.

Safran Transmission Systems is the world’s leading supplier of mechanical power transmission systems for both commercial and military aircraft. With some 35,000 delivered to date, the company holds 60% of the global market for mainline commercial jets (over 100 seats).

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