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Rolls-Royce suffers fresh wave of troubles with Dreamliner engines

Rolls-Royce suffers fresh wave of troubles with Dreamliner engines

Air New Zealand says some Boeing 787 Dreamliner flights will have to be cancelled due to problems with the Rolls-Royce engine.

Citing "two recent events", the carrier said on Thursday (7 December) that a number of Trent 1000 engines that powered its Boeing 787-9 fleet needed maintenance "sooner than previously advised" and confirmed flights would be cancelled or delayed every day for the forthcoming weeks.

Singapore Airlines and Air New Zealand today announced they will jointly launch a third daily flight between Singapore and Auckland from 28 October 2018, boosting capacity on the route by up to 40 per cent and adding more than 165,000 seats annually between the two cities.

"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 British engine maker had previously cautioned that 400 to 500 Trent 1000 engines were affected by issues with components wearing out earlier than expected.

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

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Rolls-Royce said it was working with Air New Zealand to minimise disruption and vowed to restore full flight operations as soon as possible. The 5 December incident saw one of the engines shut down, while the second incident saw the crew reduced thrust on the suspect engine before returning to Auckland.

Media reports suggested passengers felt the aircraft shake and the electrical power was lost in the cabin for a moment amid some loud noises.

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".

The company told the NZX that at "this stage" it did not anticipate any change to current financial guidance.

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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