The Boeing 717-200 Engine is the Rolls-Royce BR700-715 series of jet engines. Rolls-Royce markets the engine as the BR715 engine, however the official name for the series is BR700-715. The Boeing 717 engine is based on the BR700 series engines that were used on business jets, like the Bombardier Global Express and Gulfstream jets. Rolls-Royce then made the BR715 version for the Boeing 717-200 commercial aircraft. Rolls-Royce manufactures the jet engine under its Rolls-Royce Deutschland division in Germany. Previously Rolls-Royce Deutschland was called BMW Rolls-Royce, when BMW was a partner in the company. The name of the company changed in January 2000 as BMW left the company and it became a fully owned subsidiary of Rolls-Royce. McDonnell Douglas selected Rolls-Royce to build the Boeing 717 engine in 1994. In 1995 McDonnell Douglas ordered 110 BR715 engines from BMW Rolls-Royce after ValuJet Airlines (later to become AirTran Airways) ordered 50 Boeing 717-200s. In 1998 Boeing decided to stick with Rolls-Royce Deutschland to be the exclusive jet engine provider for the aircraft and on October 12th, 1999 the BR700-715 engine entered service with AirTran Airways on the 717. The engines were issued a type certificate by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on September 1st, 1998, after accepting European certification of the engines.

The Boeing 717 jet has options for two of the Rolls-Royce BR715 engines. The two engines are the BR700-715A1-30 or BR700-715C1-30 engines. The BR700-715C1-30 engine has higher thrust ratings then the A1-30. The Rolls-Royce BR700-715A1-30 and BR700-715C1-30 are the official engines for the Boeing 717-200 jet. Two engines are mounted at the tail of the aircraft and the two models may not be mixed when installed on the jet.

Boeing 717-200 Engine Rolls-Royce BR700-715 Series

Above Boeing 717-200 engine photo by Bill Abbott on Flickr and Wikimedia Commons. Modified by FlyRadius. Photo (only) released under a Creative Commons License.

Boeing 717-200 Engine Specifications & Dimensions
Below are the Boeing 717-200 engine specifications for the two models.

Thrust Ratings

  • Maximum Continuous Thrust: 17,700 pounds of force (lbf) (listed on engine type certificate) or 18,700 pounds (lb) (listed on 717-200 aircraft type certificate)
  • Takeoff Thrust: 18,710 lbf (listed on engine type certificate) or 18,920 pounds (lb) (listed on 717-200 aircraft type certificate) Not to be used for more then 5 minutes, can be used for more then 5 min if there is an engine failure.


  • Maximum Continuous Thrust: 20,420 pounds of force (lbf).
  • Takeoff Thrust: 21,430 lbf - Not to be used for more then 5 minutes, unless of engine failure.

Maximum Engine Rotational Speeds (Both Engines)
100% N1 = 6,195 RPM. 100% N2 = 15,898 RPM

N1 Low Pressure Turbine:

  • Maximum Takeoff: 6,096 Revolutions per Minute (RPM)
  • Maximum Continuous: 6,096 RPM
  • Maximum Overspeed: 6,204 RPM (20 seconds)
  • Reverse Thrust: 3,810 RPM (max 30 seconds)
  • Emergency Reverse Thrust: 5,576 RPM

N2 High Pressure Turbine:

  • Maximum Takeoff: 16,661 RPM
  • Maximum Continuous: 16,661 RPM
  • Maximum Overspeed: 16,744 RPM (20 seconds)

Turbine Gas Temperatures (Trimmed)

  • Takeoff: 1,652°F or 900°C
  • Maximum Continuous: 1,562°F or 850°C
  • Maximum Over-temperature: 1,679°F or 915°C (max 20 sec)
  • Maximum prior to start: 302°F or 150°C
  • Starting on ground: 1,292°F or 700°C
  • Starting in flight: 1,562°F or 850°C

Oil temperatures

  • Minimum for Starting: -40°F or -40°C
  • Minimum for Acceleration for take-off: 68°F or 20°C
  • Maximum: 320°F or 160°C

BR700-715 Engine Photo for Boeing 717-200 Jet

Above BR700-715 engine photo Copyright Rolls-Royce, used under the fair use provision.

BR700-715A1-30 and BR700-715C1-30 Dimensions

  • Length: 147.2 inches or 3,738 millimeters
  • Diameter: 64.5 inches or 1,638 millimeters
  • Weight: 4,595.5 pounds or 2,085 kilograms (Dry)

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Other Names for the Boeing 717-200 Engine
The Boeing 717-200 has a few different names that it is called by. The following is a list of them:

  • Boeing B712 Engine: B712 is the ICAO code for the airplane. More information on this will be posted later.
  • Boeing 717 Engine (with out the -200): Many call the 717-200 just the 717, which is the main aircraft program the plane is in (the only plane in the 717 program). 717 is also the IATA code for the jet aircraft.