LONDON--Rolls-Royce remains on track to bring the number of grounded Boeing 787 aircraft powered by the Trent 1000 down to single figures by the end of 2019, says Richard Goodhead, SVP marketing at the British engine maker.
Speaking at Aviation Week Network’s Engine Leasing Trading and Finance event on Wednesday (May 2), Goodhead says the company remains confident of meeting the target despite conceding that it is difficult to predict the volatility of AOG incidents, which can be brought on by unforeseeable events such as bird strikes.
Rolls-Royce’s CEO Warren East announced the target about two months ago upon publication of the engine manufacturer’s annual results for 2018, where it revealed that the problems with the Trent 1000 could cost the company at least £1.5 billion ($1.9 billion) from 2017-22.
At the time, about 31 787s were grounded worldwide owing to the technical issues.
As a means of fixing the problems with the Trent 1000 engine family, Rolls-Royce started a retrofit program for the Trent 1000 Package C variant found on the 787-8 and B version powering the 787-9. The latter engine also underwent a redesign of its intermediate pressure compressor blades.
At the time, Rolls-Royce also confirmed plans to implement fixes for the Trent 1000TEN engine found on the 787-10.