Some two-thirds of an initial batch of accelerated inspections on Rolls-Royce powerplants for Boeing 787s has been completed, the engine manufacturer is set to tell shareholders.

The intensified inspections cover the Package C model of the engine and are directed at addressing durability of blades.

Rolls-Royce chief executive Warren East will tell shareholders at the company's annual general meeting that "roughly two-thirds of the initial programme of accelerated inspections has now been completed".

He will add that the remainder of initial inspections are scheduled to take place within the next six weeks, in line with regulatory guidance.

Rolls-Royce says it "sincerely regrets" the disruption to 787 operations and will "continue to work closely" with Boeing and its customers to reduce the impact.

"In addition to mobilising specialist teams to support these inspections across the globe we have also made significant progress in identifying and developing additional [maintenance] capacity," says East.

This will allow the manufacturer to return engines in need of servicing to their customers more quickly.

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