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Air New Zealand grounds flights after engine problems

Air New Zealand grounds flights after engine problems

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

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.

In a statement to the New Zealand stock exchange on Thursday, Air New Zealand said as a result of recent Rolls Royce "engine events" on its Boeing 787-9 fleet, it would cancel and delay flights each day over the coming weeks.

A flight to Japan returned to Auckland shortly after takeoff on Tuesday after the pilot shut down one of the plane's engines as a precaution.

"In addition to these changes, Air New Zealand is focused on securing replacement aircraft capacity".

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Rolls-Royce says that it regrets the disruption caused to Air NZ, and the two parties are working together to restore full operations of the Trent 1000 engines as soon as possible.

It comes as the New Zealand Transport Accident Investigation Commission investigates two incidents involving "engine abnormalities" on the carrier's services this week.

"The new flight to Auckland will increase convenience for our customers and demonstrates our commitment to the New Zealand market", he added.

"It's not uncommon for long-term engine programmes to experience technical issues during their life and we manage them through proactive maintenance", a Rolls-Royce spokeswoman was quoted as saying by Reuters.

"Our investigation team is working closely with the airline, Civil Aviation Authority, engine-manufacturer Rolls Royce, and our colleague agencies in the United Kingdom and USA".


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