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Rolls-Royce provides an update on the Trent 1000 Package C engine issues

Rolls-Royce provided this update on the engine issues:

At our 2017 Full Year results on 7 March 2018 we outlined our management of certain Trent 1000 engine in-service issues and the estimated costs relating to our implementation of the solutions to address those issues.

As part of our ongoing inspection and testing of those engines we have decided to carry out additional engine inspections to those previously planned. The increased inspection frequency is driven by our further understanding of the durability of the Trent 1000 Package C compressor, a condition that we highlighted earlier this year. These inspections will be supported by service management and flight operations guidance to airlines to be issued by the airworthiness authorities.

This will unfortunately lead to additional disruption for our customers. There are 380 Package C engines currently in-service with airlines. This new regime does not impact Trent 1000 Package B engines or Trent 1000 TEN engines.

While the compressor technical issue was known at the time of our results, the requirement for more regular inspections will lead to higher than previously guided cash costs being incurred during 2018. We are reprioritising various items of discretionary spend to mitigate these incremental cash costs and our guidance for 2018 FCF remains unchanged at Group FCF for 2018 of around £450m +/- £100m.

Warren East, CEO, Rolls-Royce, said: “Our focus is on supporting our customers and doing all we can to minimise any impact on their operations. We sincerely regret the disruption this will cause to our customers and our team of technical experts and service engineers is working around the clock to ensure we return them to full service as soon as possible. We will be working closely with Boeing and affected airlines to minimise disruption wherever possible.”

Copyright Photo: Robbie Shaw. One of LATAM Airlines’ (Chile) Boeing 787-8 is in storage at Victorville due to the engine problems.

As a result, Boeing issued this follow-up statement:

We are aware that Rolls-Royce made a financial disclosure today in connection with increased inspections of the Trent 1000 Package C engine.

About 25 percent of the 787 Dreamliner fleet is powered by this Rolls-Royce engine variant. This issue does not affect current production 787s, the Trent 1000 Package B, Trent 1000 TEN or GEnx-1B engines.

An existing EASA Airworthiness Directive for the Package C engine requires inspections of an intermediate pressure compressor blade at certain flight cycles. If a durability issue is found, the blade will be replaced. This is a known issue and we will continue to work with Rolls-Royce, our customers and the regulators to fully resolve it. Boeing is deploying support teams to mitigate service disruption.

Safety is our highest priority. The 787 has safely flown more than 3.2 billion miles since entering commercial service in 2011.

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Boeing, Jet Airways announce a new order for 75 737 MAX airplanes

Jet Airways and Boeing today (April 4) announced a new order for 75 737 MAX airplanes as India’s premier international airline looks to the new and improved 737 jet to power its future growth.

Jet Airways announced its first order for 75 MAX airplanes in 2015 as part of a strategy to refresh its fleet with the most modern and environmentally progressive airplanes. The newest order adds 75 more MAXs to support the airline’s future expansion. Jet Airways is set to take direct delivery of its first MAX airplane later this year.

Image: Boeing.

Boeing, Air Lease Corporation sign order for eight 737 MAX airplanes

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Boeing and Air Lease Corporation (ALC) announced they have finalized an order for eight more 737 MAX 8 airplanes, valued at $936.8 million at list prices.

 

Air Lease Corporation (ALC), one of the world’s leading airplane lessors, has been a big buyer of the improved 737 airplane. This new order raises ALC’s total 737 MAX orders to 138.

 

Boeing has delivered more than 100 737 MAX airplanes to over 20 customers worldwide, including four to ALC, with the fifth delivering in May 2018.

Image: Boeing.

Boeing and SaudiGulf Airlines sign a Memorandum of Understanding for widebody jets

Boeing and SaudiGulf Airlines announced earlier this week a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for up to 16 widebody aircraft, which when ordered is predicted to be delivered to  SaudiGulf Airlines  within the next three  years.

This agreement, was signed in the presence of the Custodian of the two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, and President of the United Sates of America Donald Trump. When finalized, the deal will also mark Boeing’s entry into SaudiGulf Airlines’ fleet.
The MOU was signed by Tariq Abdelhadi Al Qahtani, Chairman, SaudiGulf and Dennis Muilenburg, Chairman, President and CEO, The Boeing Company.

The SaudiGulf Airlines deal will further boost an already strong relationship between Boeing the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. A relationship which began on February 14, 1945, when U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt presented a twin-engine DC-3 Dakota airplane to King Abdulaziz Al Saud, which marked both the beginning of the Boeing relationship with Saudi Arabia and the birth of commercial air travel in the Kingdom.

SaudiGulf Airlines is a new national, quality airline in KSA which started its operation in October 2016 with four brand new Airbus A320 aircrafts. SaudiGulf Airlines is the newest addition to the Saudi skies introducing a new level of Boutique service with the youngest fleet in the region.  The airline operates a dual class (First and Economy) configured A320, with newly designed comfortable leather seats and inflight entertainment systems in every seat offering a wide variety of movies, games and audio programs even on domestic flights.

The current operation of the airline includes high frequency operation between Jeddah and Riyadh (six daily flights), Dammam and Jeddah (two daily flights) as well as Dammam and Riyadh (four daily flights).

The aircraft were not specified in the MOU.

Image: SaudiGulf.

Boeing 737 MAX 7 completes its successful first flight

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Boeing’s new 737 MAX 7 successfully completed its first flight on Friday, March 16, 2018. The airplane remains on schedule and now begins a comprehensive flight test program leading to certification and delivery in 2019.

 

Piloted by Boeing Test and Evaluation Captains Jim Webb and Keith Otsuka (below), the airplane completed a successful 3 hour, 5-minute flight, taking off from Renton Field in Renton, Washington (below), at 10:17 a.m. Pacific, and landing at 1:22 p.m. at Seattle’s Boeing Field. The airplane was put through tests on its flight controls, as well as checks of its systems and handling qualities.

First takeoff of first flight of Boeing 737-7 MAX 7

Above Copyright Photo: Boeing 737-7 MAX 7 N7201S (msn 42561) RNT (Brandon Farris). Image: 941292.

The airplane is the third and newest member of Boeing’s 737 MAX family to be produced, with a maximum capacity of 172 passengers. The MAX 7 has a range of 3,850 nautical miles, the longest of any MAX family airplane. It is designed for exceptional performance for airline customers flying out of airports at high altitudes and hot climates.

The MAX 7 also offers superior performance to the competition, carrying 12 more passengers 400 nautical miles farther than the A319neo, on 7 percent lower fuel costs.

The 737 MAX family incorporates the latest CFM International LEAP-1B engines, Advanced Technology winglets, Boeing Sky Interior, large flight deck displays and other features to deliver the highest efficiency, reliability and passenger comfort in the single-aisle market.

All photos by Boeing.

Boeing recognized by Guiness World Records for 10,000th 737

Thousands of Boeing employees at the Renton, Wash. factory celebrated the 10,000th 737 to come off the production line. The milestone was recognized by GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS(tm). (PRNewsfoto/Boeing)

Thousands of Boeing employees gathered at the company’s Renton, Wash. factory on March 13 to celebrate the 10,000th 737 to come off the production line. With this airplane, a 737 MAX 8 for Southwest Airlines, the 737 has broken the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title for the most produced commercial jet aircraft model.

 

“This incredible milestone is a testament to the work we do every day to build the most reliable and efficient single-aisle airplane in the world,” said Boeing Commercial Airplanes president and CEO Kevin McAllister. “It represents more than 50 years of success and achievement on the part of thousands of Boeing employees past and present, our supplier partners, and our airline customers around the globe who put their confidence in the 737.”

The 737 previously held this GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title in 2006 for the 5,000th airplane to come out of the Renton factory, a mark that took almost four decades to reach. Due to growing market demand and higher production rates, the 737 program reached the 10,000th airplane milestone only 12 years later.

“The speed at which Boeing achieved this new milestone is very impressive,” said Michael Empric, official adjudicator for GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS. “We are excited to once again recognize the 737 and the important role it plays in commercial aviation.”

Boeing will increase 737 production from the current rate of 47 airplanes per month to 52 airplanes per month later this year. The 737 program has more than 4,600 airplanes still on order fueled by sales of the newest version of the 737, the 737 MAX.

Photos: Boeing.