If I would like to say that one airline stated that there were two flights delay due to an engine failure, should it be “two flight delays”? or “two flights delay”?

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    It's "two flights were (or are) delayED". But it would be better to ask these types of questions on our sister site, English Language Learners. – Dan Bron Aug 29 '15 at 15:04
  • It's the same as if you wanted one bread roll for yourself, and another for your friend. You'd ask for two bread rolls, not two breads roll. But as @Dan says, this is at best an ELL question. – FumbleFingers Aug 29 '15 at 15:06
  • @FF--just mentioning, in the US, "bread rolls" are just "rolls." – Steven Littman Aug 29 '15 at 16:10
  • Two flight delays. – aparente001 Aug 30 '15 at 5:22
  • Or, they might have said there were two flights delayed. Perhaps the D wasn't clearly pronounced. – aparente001 Aug 31 '15 at 3:55

One possible scenario

The failed airplane is one of a pair of planes that shuttle between London and Paris. Normally, London-to-Paris flights leave at 8 am, 9 am, 10 am, 11 am, etc. However, due to the malfunction, passengers that were scheduled to be on the 8 am flight are now going to depart at 10 am.

I would call that a two-flights' delay. That is, there was one delay of a duration equal to two flights.

Another scenario

The airplane, while parked at the gate, was discovered to be faulty. Therefore, the passengers on that flight had to be rebooked for a later flight. Furthermore, because it was stuck at the gate, it blocked a second airplane from using the gate at its scheduled time slot, causing the second plane's arrival to be delayed as well.

I would then say that one engine failure caused two flight delays, or that it led to two delayed flights.

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