ANA Cancels Hundreds of Flights Amid Rolls-Royce Engine Problems
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Japan’s All Nippon Airways (ANA) announced hundreds of canceled flights throughout the rest of July as the carrier struggles to accommodate passengers while it inspects its Rolls-Royce aircraft engines.
ANA has canceled 330 domestic flights from July 23 to July 31 due to issues with the Rolls-Royce engines on its Boeing 787 Dreamliners. It also warned of potential cancellations into August as the airline completes the required engine inspections.
The carrier had previously said on Monday that 176 flights from July 13-22 had been canceled due to the engine troubles.
Rolls-Royce engines on the 787 Dreamliners across the globe have been experiencing mechanical problems, specifically with the Trent 1000 Package C engine model, since the beginning of 2018. Airlines throughout the world have been scrambling to wet-lease planes or cancel flights as their 787s stay grounded for the engine inspections.
Norwegian Air has also struggled to continue some of its long-haul operations as the 787s in its fleet undergo engine inspection. It has been forced to replace its own aircraft with wet-lease operators, a process which does not seem to be going smooth after a recent wave of cancellations that Norwegian blamed on its contracted replacement airlines.
ANA is the world’s largest Dreamliner operator with a fleet of 64 of the 787 aircraft. It was the first airline to experience issues with the Trent 1000 engines, after the models had a wave of issue in 2016, and it replaced the engines on those aircraft.
A second round of inspections of the Rolls-Royce engines was ordered by aviation officials in Japan and around the world after new mechanical problems were discovered.
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