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June 2018


Rolls-Royce has provided an update on its activities to support customers experiencing disruption as a result of the requirement for increased inspections on Trent 1000 Package C engines. These include a trebling of maintenance capacity for affected engines, the introduction of a new inspection technique and the acceleration of a permanent fix for the issue, aimed at reducing the operational impact on customers.

Since the Airworthiness Directive mandating additional intermediate compressor inspections was introduced in April 2018, it has been able to treble the number of affected engines it is able to work on at any point. This has been achieved through the development of lean workscope methods, which reduces the time an engine spends in maintenance, and the opening of further MRO lines which provide the physical location for this work to take place. The majority of work takes place in facilities in Singapore, Heathrow and Derby, UK, but there are plans to further increase this capacity as well as working with other members of the MRO Authorised Maintenance Centre network to increase flexibility.

In addition to supporting customers through improved service support, it is also accelerating the development of the permanent fix to the Intermediate Pressure Compressor rotor issue seen on Package C engines. The revised compressor blade has been installed in a test engine and will begin testing in early June. The first parts should be available for engine overhaul in late 2018, rather than 2019 as originally planned.

The engineering and design team has been able to accelerate the development of the new blade through a combination of the latest computing capability, ‘fast make’ competencies within our supply chain, and the development of a dedicated facility in Derby, UK, to build engines on which the blades will be tested.

Additionally, new on-wing inspection techniques have been developed to support airlines in meeting the requirements of the Airworthiness Directives as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Chris Cholerton, Rolls-Royce, President – Civil Aerospace, said: “We fully recognise the unacceptable levels of disruption our customers are facing. We are intensely focused on minimising this and we have set our teams the challenge of doing everything we can to recover our customers’ operations as swiftly as possible. We are drawing on the full resources of Rolls-Royce to address the issue and I’ve seen great teamwork and innovative thinking both across our organisation and in our partnership with Boeing.”


Air Astana has opened a new Aviation Technical Centre at Astana’s Nursultan Nazarbayev international airport today. The new Aviation Technical Centre enables Air Astana to undertake all aircraft engineering and servicing requirements up to heavy maintenance level. The project was financed by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development at a cost of $19 million.


The Aviation Technical Centre’s energy efficient, single span hangar offers 5,500m² of floor space and can accommodate a widebody type like the Boeing 787 or Boeing 767 alongside a single aisle aircraft like the latest Airbus A320neo family at the same time. The Canadian designed structure is built to a very high specification and designed to remain fully operational even under the extremely low temperatures experienced in Kazakhstan during winter months. In addition to the hangar, the Aviation Technical Centre incorporates a spare parts warehouse and a complete range of workshops for the repair and overhaul of aircraft components. An auxiliary building provides space for the existing Air Astana Engineering and Centre to significantly expand training of engineering and maintenance staff to international standards.

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