Air New Zealand forced to cancel flights after Dreamliner engine issues

Air New Zealand forced to cancel flights after Dreamliner engine issues

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.

On Wednesday, Air New Zealand's Auckland-Buenos Aires service was two hours enroute to Argentina when it turned back to Auckland after the crew was "alerted to abnormal indications on one of the engines", the TAIC said on its website.

According to the New Zealand Herald, passengers on the flight to Tokyo reported hearing "weird noises" and said the aircraft was shaking throughout the flight.

Some flights will be retimed or cancelled for checks on Air New Zealand's Dreamliners.

Air NZ says engine maker Rolls-Royce has advised that some of the Trent 1000 engines in the airline's Boeing 787-9 fleet require maintenance sooner than previously indicated.

Earlier this year, Rolls-Royce issued a service bulletin calling for increased inspections of the compressor's rotor section as an interim measure to address possible cracking in the intermediate pressure compressor of the engine while it develops a permanent fix.

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

Air New Zealand will be making cancellations and rescheduling some global flights due to the incidents.

"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.

Japanese airline ANA and Britain's Virgin Atlantic have also reported issues with the Rolls-Royce engines over the last 18 months.

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