Air NZ forced to trim schedule due to 787 engine maintenance

More flights from Auckland Airport to Singapore

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

Two flights were forced to return to Auckland this week after mechanical trouble, local media reported.

"Customers on this service are now booked to travel on an alternative service today".

Air New Zealand will cancel six global flights and retime others between 7 and 10 December to accommodate urgent maintenance on the Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines that power its Boeing 787-9 fleet.

Air New Zealand chief operations integrity and standards officer David Morgan told the NZ Herald the the blades failed on the flight to Tokyo Narita, while exhaust gas temperature rises indicated problems with the engine.

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




Pictures supplied to Newsroom.co.nz show damage to the turbine blades on one of the plane's Rolls Royce engines. "We finalised the schedule changes for Friday through to Sunday early [Thursday] afternoon and began the process of contacting customers".

"Rolls-Royce does not have any replacement engines available while this maintenance work is undertaken which means some schedule changes are unavoidable", Air NZ adds.

The Aviation Analysis Wing website reports this is the second engine vibration incident involving Rolls Royce Trent series engines this year. "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 investigation is underway after two Air NZ Dreamliner airplanes experienced engine abnormalities this week.

During peak months the airlines will jointly operate a total of 35 return services a week between Singapore and New Zealand, including Christchurch and Wellington flights. "This is the continuation of work which started previous year to upgrade Trent 1000 engines to the latest standard".

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