Scoot, Singapore Airline’s low-cost subsidiary, will wet-lease a SIA B777-200ER as at least one of Scoot’s Rolls-Royce Trent 1000-powered B787s is undergoing mandated engine checks and possible replacement.
The wet-leased aircraft will be used starting June 6 to June 30 on Scoot’s Singapore-Sydney route.
Scoot is the latest carrier forced to source extra capacity as a result of cracks found in the blades of Trent 1000 intermediate pressure compressor rotors.
Air New Zealand, the nation’s flag carrier, said in a statement on Saturday it had nine engines affected by the issue of engine turbine blades wearing out sooner than expected. The airline said it expected there would be “some impact to its international schedule as a result of the checks”, with its Auckland-Honolulu flights to be operated by wet-leasedHiFly A340-300 aircraft in June.
Norwegian this week said it would fly wet-leased A340-500s between Europe and the US as the engine troubles continue.THAI and other airlines are seeking compensation from Rolls-Royce for the downtime.
Other airlines have also been forced to park aircraft while waiting for their Trent 1000 Package C engines to be inspected, repaired and/or replaced amid a shortage of replacement engines.
The manufacturer has been dealing with a blade durability problem with the compressor rotor in the Package C version of the engine, which spurred an airworthiness directive for Trent-powered Boeing 787 operators in April.
Rolls-Royce civil aerospace president Chris Cholerton admits that the disruption to 787 operators is “unacceptable” but that the company remains committed to minimising the impact.
“While we expect the number of aircraft affected to rise in the short term, as the deadline for the completion of initial inspections approaches, we are confident that we have the right building-blocks in place to tackle the additional workload this will create,” said Cholerton.