Rolls-Royce says tripling capacity to fix Trent 1000 engine problems

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s Rolls-Royce (RR.L) said on Tuesday it was tripling capacity to fix problems with its Trent 1000 engines that have left some of Boeing’s (BA.N) 787 Dreamliner planes grounded.

FILE PHOTO: A view of one of two Rolls Royce Trent 1000 engines on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner during a media tour ahead of the Singapore Airshow on February 12, 2012. REUTERS/Edgar Su/File Photo

Rolls-Royce will set out full details on how it intends to speed up necessary inspections and repairs on Wednesday, a spokesman for the engine manufacturer said, confirming a development first reported by the Financial Times.

Turbine blades in the Trent 1000 package C engines are not lasting as long as expected, requiring extra inspections and meaning airlines are having to ground some aircraft.

Air New Zealand and Virgin Atlantic are among the airlines affected.

Reporting by Sarah Young, writing by David Milliken, Editing by Robin Pomeroy

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