Rolls-Royce warns of longer disruption in Trent 1000 programme
Rolls-Royce warned of further disruption to its airline customers on Friday, as it accelerated its blade replacement programme for a number of faulty Trent 1000 engines fitted to Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.
The FTSE 100 company had cautioned in August that the rate of recovery in Trent 1000 aircraft on ground (AOG) in 2019 was likely to be slower than its original plans, due to the additional maintenance repair and overhaul (MRO) load resulting from faster deterioration of the high pressure turbine (HPT) blade on the Trent 1000 TEN engine.
That, the firm said, had remained a challenge.
On Friday, it said it had also taken a “proactive decision” to accelerate intermediate pressure turbine (IPT) blade replacement for the limited number of Package B and C engines yet to be fitted with the final standard of IPT blade.
That, Rolls-Royce explained, had led to additional engine removals.
“As a result, though we continue to work on further increasing our MRO capacity, these challenges mean that we now expect the return to single-digit level of aircraft on ground on the Trent 1000 to be delayed until the second quarter of 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 said its guidance for the cash costs of the Trent 1000 Package B and C in-service issues in 2019 and 2020 remained as it announced in its half-year results on 6 August.