Airline cancels flights over Rolls-Royce engine issues

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An airline has been forced to cancel flights because of problems with Rolls-Royce engines on some of its aircraft.

Air New Zealand said some Trent 1000 engines on its Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners required maintenance following two recent “engine events”.

The airline has not disclosed details but the New Zealand Transport Accident Investigation Commission said it was investigating two events involving “engine abnormalities” on Air New Zealand aircraft this week.

In a statement to the New Zealand stock exchange, the airline said that it would cancel and delay flights each day over the coming weeks to allow its jets to undergo early maintenance.

Rolls-Royce, which has its civil aerospace division based in Sinfin, said it was working with Air New Zealand to minimise disruption and restore full flight operations as soon as possible.

In a statement, the firm said: “We sincerely regret any disruption caused by our engine that our customer is experiencing and we are working together to minimise this impact and restore full flight operations as soon as possible.

The Trent 1000 entered into commercial service in 2011

The Trent 1000 entered into commercial service in 2011

“We have a clear service management plan in place with all operators to undertake this work and minimise disruption.”

The Trent 1000, which was designed and developed at Rolls-Royce’s Derby site, first entered into commercial service in 2011 with All Nippon Airways (ANA).

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Last year, ANA reported a problem relating to the Trent 1000’s turbine blades. It said that “under certain flying conditions” the blades became damaged by corrosion.

Engines on all 50 of its Dreamliners were checked and only a handful showed signs of turbine corrosion. Rolls-Royce replaced those parts - and later came up with a new blade design.

Last month, a more powerful and efficient version of the Trent 1000, called the Trent 1000 TEN, entered into service with three operators - Air New Zealand, Norwegian and Scoot.