From: Chuanga@cris.com (H Andrew Chuang) Date: 5 Jun 1997 05:15:52 GMT Organization: Concentric Internet Services References: 1 2 3 Followups: 1
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Two retrofitted A330s, one belongs to Cathay Pacific Airways and the other Dragonair, return to revenue service on June 4th after certification by the Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department. Cathay expects to have its fleet of 11 A330s to return to service by the end of next week. Rolls was able to fix the problem relatively quickly by replacing the current Trent 700 gearbox with the Trent 800 box. Let's hope it's a real fix. The Trent 800 has been in service for only about a year. The first Trent 700 problem didn't show up until after nearly two years of service. IMHO, because of a lack of aircraft and aero-engine industries in Asia, people there tend to be less knowledgeable about airplanes and egines. Thus, I think the airplane and the engine will have a fairly negative image in the region due to the grounding. Cathay, Rolls, and Airbus had better hope the problem won't show up again. Otherwise, no one will want to fly Cathay's A330.