Air New Zealand cancels flights following Rolls-Royce engine trouble

Air New Zealand cancels flights following Rolls-Royce engine trouble

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

Singapore Airlines will operate a mixture of Airbus A380s and Boeing 777-300ERs on the service, while Air New Zealand will use a newly configured 787-9 aircraft.

Its chief commissioner Jane Meares said investigators were reviewing aircraft records, including flight recorders, examining the engines and interviewing flight crew.

"At this stage our investigation team is satisfied that all parties are doing the right things to ensure the continuing safety of the travelling public".

TAIC is working closely with the airline, Civil Aviation Authority and engine-manufacturer Rolls Royce. "Should the commission believe insufficient action is being taken at any time, then it has the ability to issue urgent recommendations while its inquiries continue".

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

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 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.

Earlier this year, Virgin Atlantic switched one of its daily trans-Atlantic flights to Delta Air Lines, which bought a 49% stake in Virgin Atlantic in 2012, to allow the Trent 1000 engines mounted on its 787 Dreamliners to undergo maintenance.

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.

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

"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.

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