Rolls-Royce to ‘expedite’ engine delivery to Boeing

Rolls-Royce to ‘expedite’ engine delivery to Boeing

London: Rolls-Royce said Friday it was working closely with Boeing to rush through delivery of engines to the US aerospace giant which has been forced to announce a further delay to its Dreamliner jet programme.

“We have been informed by Boeing that the currently planned dates for Trent 1000 engine deliveries will now not support their latest flight test programme requirements," said a spokesman for British company Rolls-Royce.

“We are working closely with Boeing to expedite delivery in support of their programme schedule," he added.

Boeing said earlier that it would further delay the delivery of its first 787 Dreamliner aircraft until early next year after citing delivery problems with the Rolls-Royce engines that will power the plane.

Boeing’s confirmation that it will not be able to hand over the aircraft to Japan’s All Nippon Airways (ANA) was made in a statement released in the US and Japan and comes after it warned in July it might have to push the date back.

It said it now expects delivery of the first Dreamliner in the middle of the first quarter of 2011 as it continues to carry out tests on the plane, which is already more than two years behind schedule.