Rolls-Royce share price: Air New Zealand cancels flights amid engine issues

More flights from Auckland Airport to Singapore

More flights from Auckland Airport to Singapore

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.

Authorities have announced an investigation is underway after engine "abnormalities" on two separate Air New Zealand flights in the space of two days saw two flights forced to return to Auckland shortly after take-off.

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".

In addition to this, the latest available information on any schedule changes will be published to the Travel Alerts section of the Air New Zealand website, an airline statement said.

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Singapore Airlines will operate a mixture of Airbus A380s and Boeing 777-300ERs on the service, while Air New Zealand will use a newly configured 787-9 aircraft. 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.

And on Tuesday, the airline's flight to Tokyo Narita also returned to Auckland due to what the TAIC again said were "abnormal indications on one of the engines". The investigation into that incident recommended that Rolls-Royce review the design of the intermediate pressure turbines.

"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.

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