Air NZ forced to trim schedule due to 787 engine maintenance

Air NZ forced to trim schedule due to 787 engine maintenance

The first was an Air New Zealand flight headed for Narita, Japan on Tuesday morning, where the crew shut down an engine and returned to Auckland shortly after take-off.

SIA will operate a mix of Airbus A380s and Boeing 777-300ERs, while Air New Zealand will utilise its new configuration 787-9 aircraft, offering more premium seats than its current 787-9 fleet.

Damage to turbine blades on a Rolls Royce Trent 1000 engine shut down by pilots on an Air New Zealand Dreamliner just after takeoff from Auckland on Tuesday.

Air New Zealand is cancelling some flights and retiming others due to maintenance requirements on the Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines that power its Boeing 787-9 fleet.

"Under the alliance, Singapore Airlines has access to New Zealand's domestic, Australia and Pacific Islands network, and similarly Air New Zealand to over 50 destinations throughout Singapore Airlines' South East Asia, Europe and South Africa network", says Mr Tasker.

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The Trent 1000 engine has had a number of technical hitches, which the manufacturer has been working hard to resolve, with a wide range of operators in recent years.

New Zealand's Transport Accident Investigation Commission says on its website that it is investigating two "engine abnormality" incidents involving Air NZ 787-9s that occurred on 5 and 6 December.

Air New Zealand will be making cancellations and rescheduling some global flights due to the incidents.

The new service and revised flight schedules are subject to regulatory approvals, and tickets will be made available progressively through various distribution channels from Dec 8, 2017 onwards, said the airlines.

In response to the latest troubles Rolls said: "It's not uncommon for long-term engine programmes to experience technical issues during their life and we manage them through proactive maintenance".

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