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June 17, 2024
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Emirates President Sir Tim Clark caused a behind-the-scenes stir at the Dubai Airshow on Tuesday, commenting that his airline will not order the Airbus A350-1000 until Rolls-Royce improves the durability of the Trent XWB-97 engines. 

Clark made his comments during a media roundtable. According to Bloomberg, he criticized the limited time on wing between inspections of the XWB-97. The engine is what Clark called “defective”, as it can only do a quarter of the 2.000 to 2.500 flight cycles before it needs inspections for tear and wear on internal components. Unless a fix is found, this makes the engine unattractive and expensive to operate, increasing unit costs and reducing unit margins. With the XWB-97 as the exclusive powerplant on the A350-1000, airlines have no other options available.


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Richard Schuurman
Active as a journalist since 1987, with a background in newspapers, magazines, and a regional news station, Richard has been covering commercial aviation on a freelance basis since late 2016. Richard is contributing to AirInsight since December 2018. He also writes for Airliner World, Aviation News, Piloot & Vliegtuig, and Luchtvaartnieuws Magazine. Twitter: @rschuur_aero.