This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.

It’s no secret that the Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines equipped on some Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft have had their fair share of issues, including causing airlines to ground their aircraft in order to get inspections taken care of. And as it turns out, the problems are worse than originally thought.

Bloomberg is reporting that faulty Rolls-Royce engine blades are deteriorating faster than expected. What does that mean? Additional groundings of Dreamliners equipped with those engines for repairs.

The issue of early deterioration affects about 120 of the company’s Trent 1000 turbines — or 8% of the global fleet. Currently, there are fewer than 40 Dreamliners grounded for immediate attention. Regulators are expected to publish formal requirements for the necessary repairs in the coming weeks.

As one might expect, airlines that operate affected Dreamliners are not especially thrilled with the finding of more problems. Air New Zealand’s CEO Christopher Luxon told shareholders on Sept. 26 that the engine problem is the “biggest operational challenge” for the airline and its customers. Engine problems are expected to cost the carrier as much as NZ$40 million ($26 million).

ANA, which has 65 Dreamliners with the affected engines, said that it hasn’t yet heard from Rolls-Royce about the latest findings. However, it’s still working through the initial repairs, which have forced the carrier to cancel more than 1,000 flights between July and October.

The engine difficulties have forced Rolls-Royce to record 1.3 billion pounds ($1.5 billion) in charges. And, as one might expect, it’s not an especially good look for the engine manufacturer to have such large problems on one of Boeing’s most advanced aircraft.

Featured image by by Laurent Fievet / AFP / Getty Images.

Know before you go.

News and deals straight to your inbox every day.

The Platinum Card® from American Express

WELCOME OFFER: 60,000 Points Terms Apply.

TPG'S BONUS VALUATION*: $1,200

CARD HIGHLIGHTS: Delta Sky Club and Centurion lounge access, $200 annual airline fee credit and up to $200 in Uber credits annually

*Bonus value is an estimated value calculated by TPG and not the card issuer. View our latest valuations here.

Apply Now
More Things to Know
  • Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards® points after you use your new Card to make $5,000 in purchases in your first 3 months.
  • Enjoy Uber VIP status and free rides in the U.S. up to $15 each month, plus a bonus $20 in December. That can be up to $200 in annual Uber savings.
  • 5X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel.
  • 5X Membership Rewards points on prepaid hotels booked on amextravel.com.
  • Enjoy access to the Global Lounge Collection, the only credit card airport lounge access program that includes proprietary lounge locations around the world.
  • Receive complimentary benefits with an average total value of $550 with Fine Hotels & Resorts. Learn More.
  • $200 Airline Fee Credit, up to $200 per calendar year in baggage fees and more at one qualifying airline.
  • Get up to $100 in statement credits annually for purchases at Saks Fifth Avenue on your Platinum Card®. Enrollment required.
  • $550 annual fee.
  • Terms Apply.
  • See Rates & Fees
Intro APR on Purchases
N/A
Regular APR
N/A
Annual Fee
$550
Balance Transfer Fee
See Terms
Recommended Credit
Excellent/Good
Terms and restrictions apply. See rates & fees.

Editorial Disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airlines or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

Disclaimer: The responses below are not provided or commissioned by the bank advertiser. Responses have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the bank advertiser. It is not the bank advertiser’s responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered.