Rolls-Royce is scaling back its Trent 900 programme following Boeing’s decision to cancel its superjumbo programme.
The 100 staff employed to work on the Trent 900 at the time of the Boeing cancellation has been knocked down to about 60.
The staff expected to work on the Trent 900 would have numbered hundreds by the time the engine went into service at the end of the year 2000.
`The Boeing decision has had an impact on our business,’ said Charles Cuddington, Trent 900 project director. Last month Boeing cancelled plans to build a new range of superjumbos, to take at least 550 passengers.