An agreement signed with aeroengine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney in June makes Volvo Aero a program partner in the PW1100G engine, which is built with geared turbofan technology. The engine will power the A320neo aircraft and has been listed by TIME Magazine as one of the 50 best inventions of 2011. The PW1100G engine was the most significant development in the aerospace industry during the year.
Boeing’s new 787 aircraft, Dreamliner, commenced operation in 2011, as well as Boeing’s modernized version of the 747 (747-8). Both aircraft are offered with a GEnx engine, in which Volvo Aero is a program partner.
Development of the Rolls-Royce engine, Trent XWB, for the A350 XWB Airbus aircraft continues as planned and several major milestones were passed during the year. Volvo Aero is a program partner in the engine.