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


Air New Zealand has been forced to ground some of its worldwide flights after revealing some of the Rolls-Royce engines mounted had to be inspected.

Reuters reported this morning that Air New Zealand had said that "two recent events" involving Rolls-Royce's Trent 1000 engines had prompted it to cancel and delay some global flights over the coming weeks.

Singapore Airlines and Air New Zealand on Thursday announced they will jointly launch a third daily flight between Singapore and Auckland starting late next year.

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Under their joint venture alliance that took effect in January 2015, the two airlines will continue to operate one daily return service each on the Singapore-Auckland route, with a third service operated by Singapore Airlines during the Northern Winter season and Air New Zealand during the Northern Summer season.

Media reports suggested passengers felt the aircraft shake and the electrical power was lost in the cabin for a moment amid some loud noises.

The engine issues both happened on Boeing 787 Dreamliner planes flying out of Auckland bound for global destinations.

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Air New Zealand is cancelling and delaying some flights due to problems with Rolls-Royce Holdings' (LON:RR) engines, Reuters has reported. A few weeks later Virgin Atlantic said it was had also experienced similar troubles with its Trent 1000 engines. The investigation into that incident recommended that Rolls-Royce review the design of the intermediate pressure turbines.

Rolls-Royce said it was working with Air New Zealand to minimise disruption and vowed to restore full flight operations as soon as possible.

"It's not uncommon for long-term engine programmes to experience technical issues during their life and we manage them through proactive maintenance", it adds.

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