On Friday Rolls-Royce announced that it would be carrying out additional inspections for the Trent 1000 engines, which are powering the first generation of Boeing’s Dreamliner 787s (about 25% of in-service Dreamliners).
The issue stems from a corrosion and cracking issue, which prompted Rolls-Royce to replace turbine blades on the entire fleet of Boeing 787 Dreamliners.
The Dreamliners will need to be grounded for the additional checks and replacements, causing disruption to a number of airlines including: BA, Virgin Atlantic and Norwegian.
Engine problems have plagued the 787 Dreamliners in recent months, with Virgin Atlantic announcing that it had up to four 787s grounded at any one time whilst it organised replacement engines from Rolls-Royce.
In December it became apparent that Virgin Atlantic had leased three Airbus A330-200 aircraft to help cover its flying programme. These aircraft are going to be flying from Manchester to allow Virgin’s own aircraft to cover the shortfall at Heathrow.