Air New Zealand cancels flights following Rolls-Royce engine trouble

Laverne Mann
December 8, 2017

The engine issues both happened on Boeing 787 Dreamliner planes flying out of Auckland bound for global destinations. Another flight earlier this week bound for Buenos Aires experienced similar issues. That engine did not have to be shut down in flight.

An Air New Zealand aircraft made an unscheduled landing last night after circling Tauranga and an area of ocean east of the Coromandel.

Provided with the photos taken of the NZ99 engine after it landed back in Auckland, a spokeswoman said: "The cause of these incidents is yet to be determined and this is the role of the Transport Accident Investigation Commission".

An Air NZ spokesperson told Newsroom.co.nz "the damage sustained on Tuesday suggests an engine part has travelled through the engine".

Said SIA's senior vice-president of marketing planning, Tan Kai Ping: "Our alliance with Air New Zealand has already benefited customers through more capacity, choice, improved connections and more codeshare destinations". It listed changes until Sunday.

In the most recent incident a 787 was taking off from Auckland when the pilots noticed problems.

Customers affected by these changes will be proactively contacted with new travel information.

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The engine manufacturer does not have any replacement engines available while this maintenance work is undertaken which means some schedule changes "unavoidable", the carrier said. "Should the Commission believe that insufficient action is being taken at any time then it has the ability to issue urgent recommendations while its inquiries continue". An Air Asia A330 returned to base after severe in-flight shaking in August.

An investigation is underway after two Air NZ Dreamliner airplanes experienced engine abnormalities this week.

Singapore Airlines (SIA) and Air New Zealand said they will jointly launch a third daily flight between Singapore and Auckland on 28 October 2018.

Air New Zealand is not the first airline to report issues with Rolls-Royce's Trent 1000 engines. The problem was thought to relate to blades in the turbine corroding far earlier than expected, resulting in the engines being shut down.

During peak months, the airlines will jointly operate around 35 return services every week between Singapore and New Zealand, including Christchurch and Wellington flights.

The company has said previously it expect to an improvement in earnings in the current financial year, compared with the 2016/17 result.

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