London - Rolls-Royce accepted early inspection of some Trent 1000 TEN engines, a week after two Boeing 787-10 were grounded by Singapore Airlines due to premature blade deterioration.
Rolls-Royce has agreed an accelerated inspection regime requested by regulatory authorities. Last week, Singapore Airlines grounded its two Dreamliners because of the deterioration spotted on the high-pressure turbine blades earlier than expected.
Since last year, the airline operators have been suffering from groundings due to the problems with the British manufacturer's new generation Trent engines. According to Rolls-Royce, there are still 35 Boeing 787 aircraft globally grounded.
“This blade deterioration is a known issue, but it is occurring faster than we expected on some engines,” said Chris Cholerton, President of Rolls-Royce for Civil Aerospace.
There are currently more than180 Trent 1000 ten engines in service across the world. European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and other civil aviation regulators requested Rolls-Royce to confirm the health of these engines over the next few months.
This year, Rolls-Royce raised another 100 million pounds to fix the engine problems. As of February 2019, the losses of the British engine manufacturer reached 790 million pounds ($1.03 billion) due to its Trent engine related issues.
Company engineers have been working on an improved version of the problematic engine blades of which Rolls Royce plans to start incorporation in the coming months.