Emirates Highlights Engine Issue in Airbus A380

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A recent engine issue in Rolls Royce engine powering Airbus’ A380 commercial jets was highlighted by Emirates

The biggest operator of wide body aircraft, Emirates recently announced that it is not satisfied with the performance of the Rolls-Royce Holding PLC (OTCMKTS:RYCEY) engine ordered to be powering 50 Airbus’ A380 commercial aircraft. The airline’s order of the commercial aircraft engines are valued at $6.1 billion, that might increase based on the engine performance shortfalls.

Most recently, a technical issue has been reported in the Trent 900 engines manufactured by Rolls Royce that are slated to be powering the Airbus Group SE’s (EPA:AIR) A380 superjumbo commercial aircraft. The issue is required to be immediately resolved before the delivery of the first commercial aircraft scheduled next month. If the technical issue in the engine is not resolved, it might result to delivery delays that will impact the planned Emirates flight schedules.

Emirates does not look happy with the recent engine issues indicated this close to the delivery timeline as the airline executive reported that they want the engines as promised in the contract. As part of the contract signed last year, Emirates ordered a total of 217 Trent 900 engines that were slated to power around 50 Airbus’ A380 superjumbo commercial jets. Previously, the airline has also been using GP7000 engines manufactured by an alliance of Pratt & Whitney and General Electric Company (NYSE:GE).

Despite the setbacks, Emirates reported that it will take the delivery of the first A380 commercial aircraft scheduled on December 2, 2016. The management further reported that talks are underway with the engine manufacturer to resolve the performance issues.

Along with Emirates, Qatar Airways has also been facing issues in Airbus’ A320 commercial aircraft engines powered by Pratt & Whitney engines. The airline decided not to take deliveries of the problematic engines earlier this year and later on cancelled the order during the third quarter. Considering tough competition in the market, Rolls Royce must resolve the engine issue as early as possible to keep the airline’s confidence.

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