During 2017, several operators of the Boeing 787 reported problems with your Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines . The failures were related to incidents of engine shutdown in flight or premature wear found in maintenance inspections.
The root of the problem is in the anticipated wear of turbine intermediate compressor blades , as well as additional defects, in said compressor, which were recently discovered. It is important to mention that only aircraft with engine option are affected Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 , specifically those with compressor of Package C (does not affect those of Package B, Trent 1000 TEN or the engines of the manufacturer General Electric GEnx-1B). Approximately 25% of the Boeing 787 aircraft in operation currently use this type of engine and, in Latin America, important airlines such as Avianca and LATAM use this option for their aircraft.
Warren East, CEO of Rolls-Royce, commented : ” Our priority is to support our customers and do everything in our power to minimize the impact on their operations. We sincerely regret the inconvenience this will cause our clients; Our team of technical experts and maintenance engineers is working 24 hours to make sure that we can return these aircraft to 100% operation as soon as possible. We will be working closely with Boeing and the affected airlines to minimize service disruption, as much as possible ”
Due to the above, affected operators will have to inspect their engines more frequently and, if faults are found, they will have to replace the affected parts. This has meant traumatisms for several airlines around the world. Rolls-Royce has dedicated a budget of more than 450 million pounds sterling to help mitigate the damages that this may cause its customers.
In the region, Avianca and LATAM have been affected forcing Avianca to land 2 aircraft and to LATAM to even send a 787 temporarily to conservation to Victorville , California, last February. In addition, LATAM has begun to use the services of the airline WAMOS for some of its flights.
During the next few months, and depending on the Rolls-Royce crash plan, it will be really known how affected the airlines will be, since it will surely mean leaving several aircraft on the ground while carrying out maintenance and repair tasks. The most serious thing that could happen, in terms of operation of the global 787 fleet that uses this type of engines, is that its ETOPS certification could be affected, causing a greater impact to the operators if the maximum deviation time was reduced below of the 180 minutes.
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