From: Chuanga@cris.com (H Andrew Chuang) Date: 25 May 1997 14:42:30 GMT Organization: Concentric Internet Services Followups: 1
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On Saturday, May 24, a Dragonair A330 experienced an inflight shutdown on one of its four Trent 700-powered A330-300 and made an emergency landing in the Philippines. Cathay Pacific and Dragonair decided to voluntarily ground all their A330s (Cathay has 11 and Dragonair has 4). The Hong Kong aviation authority has earlier cancelled the 180-minute ETOPS rating of the said aircraft because of two inflight shutdowns (IFSD) of the Trent engines on Cathay Pacific's A330s in the past month. Dragonair's most recent IFSD is the fifth for the Trent A330 since last November (Cathay had 3 and Dragonair 2). The only other carrier that has Trent 700-powered A330 in service is Garuda Indonesia. Ironically, some Jakarta-bound passengers on Cathay was transferred to a Garuda Trent A330 flight. Cathay says it will try to lease some airplanes to replace the grounded fleet. The grounding should have a davastating effect on Dragonair because about half of its capacity is provided by the four A330s. It's also reported that Gulf Air is considering cancel its Trent engine order for the A330. Other airlines that have ordered the Trent 700 engine include Emirates and Trans World. Since the Trent 700 and 800 are so closely related, I wonder if the problem will eventually show up in the Trent 800, too. Rolls-Royce's market share in the widebody market has significantly improved with the Trent 700/800. Let's see how soon Rolls-Royce can correct the problem, and whether the problem will have any long-term negative effect on R-R.