Rolls-Royce Engine Woes Ground Air Tanzania Boeing 787 in Malaysia for Seven Months

Air Tanzania faces a major headache as one of its Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft remains grounded in Malaysia for a staggering seven months. The culprit? Engine woes plaguing the Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 Package C powering the plane. The issue stems from concerns about a potential design flaw in the engines. This flaw is suspected to be causing corrosion-induced fatigue, leading to cracks in turbine spools - critical components for safe operation. These cracks pose a significant safety risk, prompting authorities to take action.


Ladislaus Matindi, Director General of Air Tanzania, has spoken out about the situation, expressing concerns about the design of the Rolls-Royce engines and calling for further investigation. This sentiment is echoed by aviation regulators. Both the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) have mandated inspections of Trent 1000 Package C engines in response to these safety concerns.


Rolls-Royce, the engine manufacturer, has acknowledged the issue and announced additional inspections beyond the initial scope mandated by regulators. This highlights the seriousness of the situation and the ongoing efforts to ensure the safe operation of these engines.

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The grounding of the Air Tanzania aircraft has undoubtedly caused disruption to their operations and potentially impacted their finances. The airline is likely seeking a swift resolution to get the plane back in the air. While the additional inspections are a positive step towards ensuring safety, the extended grounding period raises questions about the long-term impact on Air Tanzania and the potential financial burden should similar issues arise with other Trent 1000 Package C engines in their fleet.

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