Rolls-Royce to increase inspections of Trent 1000 engines

Rolls-Royce to increase inspections of Trent 1000 engines

Rolls-Royce Holdings said it will incur extra costs and further disrupt services for airline customers as it carries out additional inspections on engines it builds for Boeing's 787 Dreamliner jet.

Read: Rolls-Royce faces turbulence over engine issues. Now inspections must be carried out after every 200 flight cycles. It said it would reprioritise its spending to mitigate the incremental cash costs and its guidance for free cash flow remained unchanged.

Shares in Rolls, one of the biggest names in British manufacturing, were down 1 per cent at 1053 GMT.

The aerospace and engineering giant said it had chose to carry out more checks on the 380 engines now in service with airlines from the "package C" tranche of production, the majority of the 500 in operation.

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.

The engine's problems have already forced airlines to change schedules and lease other aircraft but moves to reduce Extended Range Twin Engine Operational Performance Standards (ETOPS) for affected planes will have further consequences for long-haul routes.

The need to inspect and fix Trent 1000 engines has led to an industry-wide shortage.

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CEO East said Rolls was working with Boeing and airlines to minimise the disruption.

This type of check is usually required after reaching making 2000 one-way flights, however Roll-Royce are requiring them to now be checked after 300 flights.

"We have an ongoing dialogue with both Boeing and Rolls-Royce and we have been told this problem has their full attention". 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 a year ago.

On Friday Rolls said it had made a decision to increase the number of inspections after the implications of another problem, this time with the compressor, became clear. Rolls-Royce said the new regime does not impact Trent 1000 Package B engines or Trent 1000-TEN engines.

"Trent 1000 Package C engines that have operated fewer than 300 cycles are unaffected by this directive, " it said.

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

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