Singapore Airlines Eliminates two Boeing 787-10s from Support because of engine Problems

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Singapore Airlines 787-10 at Boeing South Carolina

Singapore Airlines (SIA) says it has removed two Boeing 787-10s from service due to issues with the aircraft’ s Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 TEN engines.

The airline said on Tuesday “ premature blade deterioration” was {found on|available on|entirely on} some engines during routine inspections.

“ Pending engine replacements, two SIA 787-10 aircraft {have been|happen to be|are actually} removed from service, ” SIA said in a statement on its website.

Also, SIA said it proactively identified other Trent 1000 TEN engines {in its|in the|inside the} 787 fleet for precautionary inspections, which have now been completed on the airline’ s 787-10s as well as all but one 787-9 in its low-cost-carrier Scoot’ s 787-8 and 787-9 fleet.

The airline has substituted alternate aircraft on routes {affected by|impacted by|afflicted with} having two 787-10s {out of|from|away from} service.

“ However , as capacity {may be|might be|can be} lower on replacement aircraft, some customers may be affected and they will be contacted accordingly, ” SIA said.

“ We regret the inconvenience caused and sincerely apologise to customers whose travel plans are affected, and seek their understanding.

“ SIA is working closely with Rolls-Royce and the relevant authorities for any additional follow-up actions and precautionary measures that may be required going forward. ”

The Singapore flag carrier and Virgin Australia alliance partner received its first 787-10 in June 2018. The aircraft is used on the Singapore-Perth route.

A file image of Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines. (Rolls-Royce)

A file image of Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines. (Rolls-Royce)

The global Boeing 787 fleet has been {affected by|impacted by|afflicted with} some durability issues {on the|around the|within the} intermediate pressure compressor (IPC) rotor blade for Trent 1000 engines.

In terms of a long-term fix to the problem, Rolls-Royce has redesigned IPC rotor blade for Trent 1000 Package C engines, which was certified in December 2018.

Meanwhile, certification for a redesigned IPC rotor blade for Trent 1000 TEN and Package C engines was expected in the third and fourth quarter, respectively, of calendar 2019.

Further, Rolls-Royce said regulators recently changed a hard life limit on a compressor drum on the Trent 1000 TEN engines to an inspection regime.

Rolls-Royce said the total cash cost of the Trent 1000 engine {issues that|problems that|conditions that} have affected Boeing 787 operators around the world to be {1 .|one|1 )} 5 million pounds.

In addition to the cash cost, Rolls-Royce also booked a 790 million pound exceptional charge in relation to the Trent 1000 issue in its calendar 2018 full year financial accounts. This was up from 544 million pounds {for the|for that|for your} half year.

An update {on the|around the|within the} Trent 1000 engine problems from Rolls-Royce’ s calendar 2018 results presentation. (Rolls-Royce)

Rolls-Royce told the Reuters news agency on Tuesday a sampling a small population {of the|from the|in the} Trent 1000 TEN fleet flown in more arduous conditions had shown that {a small number of|a few} these engines needed to {have their|get their|acquire} blades replaced earlier than scheduled.

Further, Rolls-Royce said it had informed operators that the high-pressure turbine blades in the engine would have {a limited|a restricted|a small} life. The engine maker said it regretted any disruption this had caused to airline operations.