Rolls-Royce tur­bu­lence

The Sunday Times - - WORLD -

ROLLS-ROYCE has warned of new prob­lems af­fect­ing about 200 of its en­gines, fur­ther dam­ag­ing the engi­neer’s rep­u­ta­tion for re­li­a­bil­ity.

The com­pany said about one in 10 of its Trent 700 en­gines needs re­pairs be­cause of cor­ro­sion to tur­bine blades. It told op­er­a­tors of the engine, which pow­ers the Air­bus A330 air­liner, that the prob­lem does not re­quire an im­me­di­ate fix.

A spokesman said the prob­lem af­fects the high-pressure tur­bine on en­gines that have been “op­er­at­ing in a par­tic­u­lar en­vi­ron­ment”.

Cracks in Trent 1000 en­gines used to power Boe­ing’s 787 jets two years ago led to air­craft be­ing grounded.

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