Rolls-Royce reveals fresh delays to Trent 1000 engine repairs

Rolls-Royce has revealed that repairs to its Trent 1000 engines are taking longer than at first expected.

The firm reported this morning (20 September) that more planes will be grounded this year after it took a “proactive decision” to accelerate replacement for engines that were yet to be fitted with an “intermediate pressure turbine blade”. This, says Rolls, has meant additional engine removals.

A statement from the firm said: “Though we continue to work on further increasing our Maintenance Repair & Overhaul capacity, these challenges mean that we now expect the return to single-digit level of aircraft on the ground on the Trent 1000 to be delayed until Q2 2020.

“We deeply regret the additional disruption that this will cause our customers and we continue to work closely with them to minimise the impact on their operations.”

Rolls-Royce has set aside £1.6bn to solve the problems surrounding its Trent 1000 engine, which first emerged in 2016.