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Air New Zealand cancels flights following Rolls-Royce engine trouble

Air New Zealand cancels flights following Rolls-Royce engine trouble

The news comes after two Air New Zealand flights, heading to Tokyo and Buenos Aires respectively, were forced to return to Auckland after take off earlier this week, due to unspecified engineering issues.

"Customers on this service are now booked to travel on an alternative service today".

Singapore Airlines and Air New Zealand is expected to jointly launch a third daily flight between Singapore and Auckland starting October 28, 2018.

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

TAIC is working closely with the airline, Civil Aviation Authority and engine-manufacturer Rolls Royce.

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"Our investigation team is securing and reviewing aircraft records including recorder information, making preliminary examinations of the engines, and interviewing company representatives and the flight crew", Ms Meares said.

An investigation is underway after two Air NZ Dreamliner airplanes experienced engine abnormalities this week. Japanese airline ANA first reported issues with Trent 100s in the summer of 2016. A few weeks later Virgin Atlantic said it was had also experienced similar troubles with its Trent 1000 engines.

During peak months, the airlines will jointly operate around 35 return services every week between Singapore and New Zealand, including Christchurch and Wellington flights.

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