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. The problems come after past year All Nippon Airways (ANA), found a problem with the group's engines in its fleet of Boeing 787 Dreamliners.
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.
A flight to Japan had to turn back on Tuesday and yesterday a flight from Auckland to Buenos Aires had to return to Auckland International Airport.
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.
The Transport Accident Investigation Commission is investigating the incidents involving the Trent 1000 engines.
Media reports suggested passengers felt the aircraft shake and the electrical power was lost in the cabin for a moment amid some loud noises.
Engines on its Boeing Co 787-9 jets would now require early maintenance.
Currently, Air New Zealand and Singapore Airlines are in a joint venture on the Singapore to Auckland route, together operating two daily services.
The airline said in a statement to the New Zealand stock exchange the cancellations were not anticipated to result in any change to its current profit guidance at this stage.
"Under the alliance, Singapore Airlines has access to New Zealand's domestic, Australia and Pacific Islands network, and similarly Air New Zealand to over 50 destinations throughout Singapore Airlines' South East Asia, Europe and South Africa network", says Mr Tasker. Japanese airline ANA first reported issues with Trent 100s in the summer of 2016.