April 11, 2019 / 10:20 AM / 2 months ago

Korea's Air Premia selects Rolls-Royce's Trent 1000 engines to power Dreamliners

A view of one of two Rolls Royce Trent 1000 engines of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner during a media tour of the aircraft ahead of the Singapore Airshow in Singapore February 12, 2012. REUTERS/Edgar Su/File Photo

(Reuters) - South Korea’s new airline Air Premia has selected Rolls-Royce’s Trent 1000 engines to power 10 Boeing 787 Dreamliner planes, the British engine maker said on Thursday.

The airline, which is due to start operations next year, will operate the latest version of the Trent 1000, the Trent 1000 TEN, Rolls-Royce said here. It did not give a value for the deal.

Problems with the Trent 1000 engine led to some Boeing 787 Dreamliner planes being grounded last year. Additionally, the latest version of the Trent engine has been dogged by problems since entering service at the end of 2017.

By late February 35 787s had been grounded globally due to engine blades corroding or cracking prematurely, according to Rolls-Royce.

The 787 Dreamliner can be fitted with Rolls-Royce or GE engines.

On Wednesday Rolls-Royce agreed to an early inspection of some Trent 1000 TEN engines by regulatory authorities, a week after Singapore Airlines Ltd grounded two Boeing Co 787-10 jets fitted with the units.

Reporting by Noor Zainab Hussain in Bengaluru; Editing by Susan Fenton

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