SIA grounds two Boeing jets on Rolls-Royce engine issues

(Apr 8): Singapore Airlines has grounded two Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner jets after finding durability issues with the planes’ Rolls-Royce engines. The carrier said on April 2 it had withdrawn two of the aircraft. Premature blade deterioration was found on the Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 TEN engines during checks on its Boeing 787-10 fleet. The carrier is waiting for engine replacements.

The Trent 1000 engines have suffered from a number of durability issues since their introduction, including unexpectedly early deterioration in their high-pressure turbine blades. A Rolls-Royce spokesperson said the company has, since the engines’ entry into service, told operators that the turbine blades would have a “limited life cycle”. Rolls-Royce said it has developed and is testing an enhanced version of the blade.

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