Flaws on Rolls-Royce engine powering Boeing 787s deepens, prompting grounding of more Dreamliners.
The Rolls – Royce said ‘Trent 1000 package C’ engine blades are deteriorating faster than expected and requires further inspection.
The findings have prompted more than 30 B787s grounded immediately, and affecting 120 Trent 1000 turbines, or about 8 percent of the global fleet.
Grounding aircraft cost airlines in millions. Air New Zealand chief executive officer Christopher Luxon told shareholders on 26 Sept, 2018 that the engine problem cost the company airline as much as NZ$40 million.
It also drained Rolls-Royce as it cost a record £1.3 billion ($2.18 billion) in charges.
Japan’s ANA is one of the largest operator of 787s having 65 Dreamliners in its fleet, said it is waiting for the engine manufacture to respond and wrap up talks with Rolls-Royce over compensation by March.