Rolls-Royce to conduct additional A350 engine inspections


Rolls-Royce is conducting additional inspections on some of the Trent XWB engines powering the Airbus A350. According to the manufacturer, the inspections will not lead to significant disruptions or additional costs for customers, as it concerns a small number of XWBs of a certain age.

The Trent XWB-84 engine will be subject to an EASA airworthiness directive due to wear on a number of IPC (Intermediate Pressure Compressor) blades. This issue was detected on a number of engines that have been in service for four to five years. In a statement, Rolls-Royce says that none of the engines performed abnormally in-flight. According to the manufacturer, inspections of engines which have a comparable age will be conducted as a precaution. In total, the inspections concern slightly over one hundred motorcycles.

Problems that were previously encountered with the Boeing 787’s Trent 1000 engines are expected to cost Rolls-Royce £ 2.4 billion to resolve. The company is looking for ways to strengthen its financial position because of the impact of the coronavirus crisis. Over the first half of 2020, Rolls-Royce suffered a loss of £ 3 billion.

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