SIA confirms that it landed two Boeing 787-10 jets due to engine problems, News and Transport Stories



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Singapore Airlines (SIA) shut down two of its nine Boeing 787-10 aircraft due to engine problems, the company said on Tuesday, confirming a report in The Straits Times.

The aircraft are equipped with the latest Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 TEN engines, an improved version of the Trent 1000 engine, which had problems with premature blade breakage.

Sources told The Straits Times preliminary findings show that the same problem of cracked blades is affecting the new TEN engine.

SIA told The Straits Times that during recent routine inspections of Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 TEN engines on the B787-10 fleet, premature blade deterioration was found on some engines.

"As safety is our top priority, the SIA Group, in consultation with Rolls-Royce, has proactively identified other Trent 1000 TEN engines in the 787 Group fleet to undergo precautionary inspections.

"All of these engine inspections on SIA's 787-10 fleet have been completed, and a remaining check will be completed on a 787-9 Scoot by April 3.

"Outstanding engine replacements, two SIA 787-10 aircraft were removed from service."

As a result, some flights to destinations served by the 787-10 fleet were affected.

SIA is operating other aircraft for these flights to minimize interruption of the schedule for customers.

However, as the replacement aircraft may have lower capacity, some customers may be affected and they will be contacted accordingly.

SIA said: "We regret the inconvenience and sincerely apologize to customers whose travel plans have been affected, and seek their understanding."

The airline said it is working closely with Rolls-Royce and the relevant authorities for any additional follow-up actions and precautionary measures that may be needed in the future.

Last year, SIA became the first airline in the world to fly the Boeing 787-10 as part of its fleet. These aircraft are configured with 337 seats in two classes, with 36 seats in Business Class and 301 seats in Economy Class.

Separately, SIA's regional arm, SilkAir, was also affected by the grounding of its Boeing 737 Max 8.

The planes have been on the tarmac since March 12 as part of an overall precautionary measure following two accidents involving the type of aircraft.

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