Rolls-Royce aircraft engine fix will take ‘some years’

Most media outlets are reporting that the aerospace giant Rolls Royce has said that parts in its Trent 1000 engines were wearing out faster than expected but that it “had a solution” to the problem. 

It came as Rolls-Royce reported better-than-expected results for 2017, following a record loss in 2016. However, it signalled job losses ahead as the firm continues to cut costs. 

In December, Air New Zealand became the latest airliner to ground some of its flights because of problems with its Rolls-Royce engines. Japan’s ANA, British Airways and Virgin Atlantic have also had problems. Rolls-Royce said up to 500 Trent 1000 engines – used on Boeing 787 planes – and some Trent 900 engines had technical problems. 

Boss Warren East told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “First you have to realise that all mechanical things wear out over time, and some of the parts in our Trent engines are wearing out faster than we originally forecast. “We’re having to manage the operational impacts because it’s quite disruptive for our customers.” He added: “We have a solution, we have a plan, it will take some years to fully implement the modifications in all the engines which are in service.”  

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