Thai Airways had to ground its fleet of Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner jets for a few weeks due to troubles with jet engines made by Rolls-Royce.
Four of the Dreamliners remain grounded Suvarnabhumi airport while two of them are back in service after fixing its Trent-1000 engine’s turbine blades.
According to Bangkok times,
The grounding began several weeks ago, and have affected THAI flights serving long-haul routes to Western Australia, Dubai, parts of Japan and neighbouring countries
THAI acting president Usanee Sangsingkeo said yesterday the situation with the Rolls-Royce engines at the flag carrier should improve starting next month and return to normal operations in September.
In the meantime, THAI intends to claim financial compensation from the British aero-engine maker for the damage arising from the issues, she said without specifying the amount.
The issues with Trent-1000 are not unique to THAI, but have also been seen in other airlines that operate the US-made Dreamliners fitted with the engine.
THAI, like other airlines, is faced with great difficulties from Rolls-Royce in fixing the turbine blades fast enough to meet carriers’ aircraft maintenance schedules.
Rolls-Royce had earlier suggested that it would need three years to replace turbine blades on the entire global fleet of Boeing 787 Dreamliners powered by the Trent-1000 engine, after corrosion and cracking problems were discovered on some passenger jets operated by Japanese launch customer ANA
There are over 160 Dreamliners powered by the Rolls-Royce engines.
“We are working closely with Thai Airways to restore all their aircraft to full operation as soon as possible,” said a Rolls-Royce spokeswoman.