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Air New Zealand cancels flights due to Rolls-Royce engine issues

Air New Zealand cancels flights due to Rolls-Royce engine issues”

The move is in response two recent incidents involving 787-9 flights and based on advice from the engine manufacturer, Air New Zealand said on Thursday.

Last night another Air NZ 787 aircraft bound for Buenos Aires also experienced engine abnormality and made an "uneventful return" to Auckland airport.

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.

The country's national carrier said the engines on the 787-9 fleet require maintenance "sooner than previously advised".

The Air New Zealand flights to Tokyo and Argentina were forced to return to Auckland after take-off due to engineering issues.

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

The day before on Tuesday 5 December, passengers got a fright when an Air New Zealand plane began to malfunction on its way to Japan.

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.

"Our investigation team is working closely with the airline, Civil Aviation Authority, engine-manufacturer Rolls Royce, and our colleague agencies in the United Kingdom and USA". The investigation into that incident recommended that Rolls-Royce review the design of the intermediate pressure turbines.



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