Air New Zealand cancels flights following Rolls-Royce engine trouble

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They shut down the engine and returned to the airport.

The news comes after two Air New Zealand flights, heading to Tokyo and Buenos Aires respectively, were forced to return to Auckland after take off earlier this week, due to unspecified engineering issues.

Transport Accident Investigation Commission (TAIC) chief commissioner Jane Meares said the commission has opened inquiries into both events.

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.

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

Air New Zealand yesterday told the NZ stock exchange and the travelling public the engine issue would result in cancellations to some flights over "coming weeks".

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

TAIC is working closely with the airline, Civil Aviation Authority and engine-manufacturer Rolls Royce.

An investigation is underway after two Air NZ Dreamliner airplanes experienced engine abnormalities this week. Boeing has had a programme of replacing rear turbine blades on the Trent 1000 engines.

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 is not the first airline to report issues with Rolls-Royce's Trent 1000 engines.

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