Emirates says it has some technical problems with RR-equipped A380s

Emirates is having some unspecified technical issues with Rolls-Royce engines for the A380s that are coming up for delivery, but it still hopes to take the first one as scheduled in December, the airline’s president said.

An Emirates A380-800 equipped with Engine Alliance engines. Copyright: unknown

When asked whether Emirates was looking to defer A380 jet deliveries given a tough operating environment for airlines, Tim Clark said no, but that there were some technical issues with the Rolls-Royce engines, new for the Emirates fleet, that needed to be ironed out.

“We want the engines are prescribed in the contract,” Clark said at a meeting with journalists in Berlin, but declined to elaborate.

Emirates is due to receive its first A380 powered by Rolls-Royce engines on Dec 2. The rest of its A380 fleet uses Engine Alliance, a joint venture of General Electric and Pratt & Whitney.

A Rolls-Royce spokesman said: “We are working with Emirates and Airbus to meet the planned entry into service of the Trent-powered A380s within the Emirates fleet.”

The US$9.2 billion deal for the engines for 50 A380s, announced back in April 2015, was the largest order in the history of the British company.

Clark said he hoped the airline could still take the first superjumbo with Rolls-Royce engines on Dec 2, as scheduled.

“We have made no hard and fast decisions about fleeting draw down. We’re hoping to get a resolution to this very quickly,” he said.

“We are working with our customers, supporting their delivery stream,” an Airbus spokesman said.

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