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Rolls-Royce Targets Business Aviation With New Pearl Engine Family Launch

Rolls-Royce Targets Business Aviation With New Pearl Engine Family Launch

06 Jun 11:00 by Pete Burden

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Rolls-Royce has announced the launch of the Pearl engine family which is designed for business aviation. The Pearl will go into service as the sole engine for Bombardier’s Global 5500 and Global 6500 business jets.

By combining innovative technologies from the company’s Advances2 demonstrator programme with proven features from the BR700, the Pearl 15 will deliver up to 15,125lb of thrust (ISA +15) due to impressive engine core efficiency.  Improvements to the noise profile will see the engine manage to be a full two decibels quieter even when generating 9% more thrust when taking-off than the BR700.

Operators will also benefit from a 7% improvement in specific fuel consumption and world-leading emissions performance, including best in class NOx emissions, even when reaching speeds approaching Mach 0.90.   Obviously Bombardier were suitably impressed.

Chris Cholerton, President of Civil Aerospace at Rolls-Royce, said: “Our teams have worked hard behind the scenes to develop this new engine and we are proud, once again, to lead the way in business aviation. The Pearl engine is a pioneering product, bringing together the most eco-friendly and efficient technologies available today.”

Cholerton added: “The combination of outstanding performance, economy, and reliability levels make it the perfect fit for Bombardier’s newest Global aircraft and, with the Pearl engine, we are extending our successful relationship with Bombardier, which started more than 20 years ago. Together we made history by creating a whole new class of aircraft and that success story enters a new chapter today.”

David Coleal, President, Bombardier Business Aircraft, said: “The Global 5500 and Global 6500 aircraft have the longest range, the largest cabins and the smoothest ride in their class, and we are very proud that they will be powered by the advanced and efficient Pearl engine, purpose-built for these aircraft by our longstanding partners at Rolls-Royce."