Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Japanese airline ANA to replace 100 Rolls engines on 787s

A Rolls-Royce engine is seen on a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner owned by ANA Holdings Inc. in Everett, Washington, U.S. August 17, 2016. REUTERS/Alwyn Scott

ANA Holdings Inc (9202.T), Japan's largest airline, said on Wednesday it will replace all 100 Rolls-Royce engines on its fleet of Boeing (BA.N) 787 Dreamliners following three engine failures this year caused by corrosion and cracking of turbine blades. ANA, the world's largest 787 operator, said all 50 of its 787s will receive engines fitted with new blades, a process that could take up to three years. A spokesman for Rolls-Royce Holdings PLC (RR.L) said the engine maker would swap out existing blades for new ones on ANA's planes in the short term. Rolls has developed and started production of a new blade design that will be ready by year end, he said. "We are working very closely with ANA to minimize the impact on their airline operation," Rolls spokesman Richard Wray said in an email.
(Reporting by Alwyn Scott; Editing by Leslie Adler, Bernard Orr)
This article was first seen on Reuters