Unscheduled landing for Air NZ flight


The pilot elected to shut down one of the plane's engines as a precaution during flight NZ99 to Narita, Tokyo.

While the Dreamliner fleet was not grounded after the more serious Tuesday incident, Air NZ says both affected aircrafts were taken out of service immediately upon landing back in Auckland.

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 cancelling some flights and retiming others due to maintenance requirements on the Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines that power its Boeing 787-9 fleet.

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

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TAIC is working closely with the airline, Civil Aviation Authority and engine-manufacturer Rolls Royce. Boeing has had a programme of replacing rear turbine blades on the Trent 1000 engines.

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. Japanese airline ANA first reported issues with Trent 100s in the summer of 2016.

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. "This is the continuation of work which started previous year to upgrade Trent 1000 engines to the latest standard".

"The new flight to Auckland will increase convenience for our customers and demonstrates our commitment to the New Zealand market", he added.