Singapore - Singapore Airlines grounded two Boeing 787-10 Dreamliners equipped with Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 TEN engines due to the degenerated turbine blades.
Trent 1000 TENs of the British engine manufacturer made a problematic service launch. Last year, several airlines around the world had to ground their Dreamliners because of the premature cracks found on the engine blades.
There are still 35 Boeing 787 jets globally grounded. Rolls-Royce announced that it was aiming to reduce this number to ten by year-end.
British engine manufacturer previously said that the high-pressure turbine blades in the engine would have a limited service life than expected.
“Working with operators, we have been sampling a small population of the Trent 1000 TEN fleet that has flown in more arduous conditions. This work has shown that a small number of these engines need to have their blades replaced earlier than scheduled,” the manufacturer said in a statement.
“We will now work closely with any impacted customers to deliver an accelerated program to implement the enhanced blade and to ensure that we can deliver on our Trent 1000 TEN future commitments. We regret any disruption this causes to airline operations.”
Rolls-Royce also said that it was working on an enhanced version of the turbine blade.
The two Boeing 787-10 of the Singapore Airlines are currently removed from the service and waiting for the replacement engines.