Published: Thu, December 07, 2017
Culture | By Stewart Greene

Rolls-Royce suffers fresh wave of troubles with Dreamliner engines

Rolls-Royce suffers fresh wave of troubles with Dreamliner engines

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 has informed Air New Zealand that some of its engines on the Boeing 787-9 fleet will require maintenance sooner than previously advised and that it does not have any spare engines available while that maintenance work is undertaken.

Air New Zealand is the latest Rolls customer to suffer problems with the Trent 1000 engines on the 787.

According to the New Zealand Herald, passengers on the flight to Tokyo reported hearing "weird noises" and said the aircraft was shaking throughout the flight.

The Transport Accident Investigation Commission is investigating the incidents involving the Trent 1000 engines.

Customers are encouraged to check this first before calling the airline's contact centre. The problems come after previous year All Nippon Airways (ANA), found a problem with the group's engines in its fleet of Boeing 787 Dreamliners.

TAIC is working closely with the airline, Civil Aviation Authority and engine-manufacturer Rolls Royce. News of the replacement, however, was seen as a major blow for the carrier, which is the world's largest operator of 787s, as the process can take up to three years.

On Tuesday morning an Air New Zealand 787 bound for Narita, Japan experience engine abnormality, and returned to Auckland airport after the crew shut down the engine.

Air New Zealand will be making cancellations and rescheduling some global flights due to the incidents.

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