Rolls-Royce to step up inspections of Trent 1000 engines

The company makes engines for jets

The company makes engines for jets

"The increased inspection frequency is driven by our further understanding of the durability of the Trent 1000 Package C compressor", the British engine maker explained, adding that the move would "unfortunately lead to additional disruption for our customers" as well as higher cash costs than previously guided. Durability problems with the Trent 1000 and an engine used on the Airbus SE A380 led to a £170m cash cost past year, and that figure was already set to double in 2018.

Problems with turbine blades on the engines wearing out sooner than expected have hampered a restructuring programme at Rolls prompted by declining older engine programmes and plunging demand for oil equipment. Its civil aerospace business is engaged in the development, manufacture, marketing and sales of commercial aero engines and aftermarket services. Free cash flow guidance for the group over this year remains unchanged.

Not all Dreamliners are powered by Rolls-Royce engines and those using General Electric GEnx engines are also unaffected.

The need to inspect and fix Trent 1000 engines has led to an industry-wide shortage. "Our team of technical experts and service engineers is working around the clock to ensure we return them to full service as soon as possible".

The warning by Rolls-Royce comes ahead of anticipated announcements by USA and European aviation regulators, who are expected to issue guidance to airlines as soon as Friday. The snag has led to unscheduled shop visits for dozens of Boeing's 787s at carriers including Virgin Atlantic and British Airways, costing Rolls-Royce more than £220m in charges previous year.

We will be working closely with Boeing and affected airlines to minimise disruption wherever possible.

Even before today's revelations, Rolls-Royce had said a redesign of problem parts for the 787 wouldn't be fully incorporated in the fleet until 2022.

Norwegian Air, which has the engines in 15 of its 27 Boeing 787s, said it hopes to have inspected all of its engines before May 26 and that it had already found one problem that required an engine to be replaced.

Boeing said an existing European Aviation Safety Agency Airworthiness Directive for the Package C engine requires inspections of an intermediate pressure compressor blade at certain flight cycles.

Scoot, a budget carrier owned by Singapore Airlines, said it expected some impact on operations.

In March, Rolls said the cash hit from the problem should peak at £340mn in 2018 before falling in 2019.

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