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.

Air New Zealand Ltd on Thursday said it would cancel and delay some worldwide flights over the coming weeks because engines on its Boeing Co 787-9 jets manufactured by Rolls-Royce Holdings PLC required early maintenance.

Said SIA's senior vice-president of marketing planning, Tan Kai Ping: "Our alliance with Air New Zealand has already benefited customers through more capacity, choice, improved connections and more codeshare destinations".

Under their joint venture alliance established in January 2015, both airlines will continue to operate one daily return services each on the Singapore-Auckland route, with a third service operated by SIA during the winter season and by Air New Zealand in the summer season.

The engine manufacturer does not have any replacement engines available while this maintenance work is undertaken which means some schedule changes "unavoidable", the carrier said.

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

Last night another Air New Zealand 787, headed to Buenos Aires, Argentina, experienced an engine issue shortly after leaving Auckland and was also forced to return.

Media reports suggested passengers felt the aircraft shake and the electrical power was lost in the cabin for a moment amid some loud noises. "At this stage we do not anticipate any change to current guidance".

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

Nick Judd, Air New Zealand's chief strategy, networks and alliances officer, Nick Judd, added that the extra flight would be "especially appealing to travellers to and from Europe, India and southeast Asia".