Air New Zealand cancels flights after “events” involving Rolls-Royce engines

Engines on its Boeing 787-9 jets would now require early maintenance, Air New Zealand said in a statement. Above, a Boeing 787 aircraft takes off from Auckland Airport. (Reuters)
Updated 07 December 2017
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Air New Zealand cancels flights after “events” involving Rolls-Royce engines

WELLINGTON: Air New Zealand said on Thursday “two recent events” involving Rolls-Royce Holdings Trent 1000 engines had prompted it to cancel and delay some international flights over the coming weeks, making it the latest airline to experience problems.
Engines on its Boeing 787-9 jets would now require early maintenance, it said.
Rolls-Royce told investors in August that 400 to 500 Trent 1000 engines were affected by issues with components wearing out earlier than expected, according to a conference call transcript.
Air New Zealand did not disclose the nature of the two events, but the New Zealand Transport Accident Investigation Commission said it was investigating two events involving “engine abnormalities” on Air New Zealand aircraft this week.
The Aviation Herald reported on Tuesday that an Auckland-Tokyo flight had returned to its base after take-off due to an engine issue, while plane tracking website FlightRadar24 said a flight to Buenos Aires had returned to Auckland on Wednesday.
Japan’s ANA Holdings and Britain’s Virgin Atlantic have also reported issues with the engines over the last 18 months.
Air New Zealand said Rolls-Royce did not have spare engines available while the maintenance work was being undertaken, meaning it would be focused on finding replacement aircraft capacity.
Rolls-Royce said it was working with Air New Zealand to minimize disruption and restore full flight operations as soon as possible.
“It’s not uncommon for long-term engine programs to experience technical issues during their life and we manage them through proactive maintenance,” a Rolls-Royce spokeswoman said.
Air New Zealand said it did not anticipate any change to current earnings guidance at this stage.


Dubai’s Al Maktoum airport expansion delayed until 2030

Updated 19 October 2018
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Dubai’s Al Maktoum airport expansion delayed until 2030

DUBAI: A major expansion of Dubai’s second airport Al Maktoum International will open in 2030, the emirate’s government said, five years later than officials had previously indicated.
The airport will be able to handle 130 million passengers a year when the first phase of a planned expansion opens in 2030, and ultimately more than 260 million passengers a year, the statement, released by the Dubai government’s media office on Thursday, said.
Dubai officials had previously said the first phase would open by 2025. The Dubai government media office could not immediately be reached outside working hours on Friday for comment on the reason for the delay.
Dubai expects to spend around $36 billion on the airport expansion and the Dubai World Central aviation complex where it is located.
Reuters reported on Oct. 3 that the expansion had been delayed and that the second stage of financing for the project had been delayed indefinitely.
It is not the first delay to the airport’s expansion. A smaller capacity increase is a year behind schedule, although it is expected to be finished this year. At that point the airport’s capacity is expected to be 26 million passengers per year.
The government also said that Dubai Aviation Engineering Projects (DAEP) had launched a tender to build the substructure for the airport, in what would be the largest single value contract issued for the airport to date.
Al Maktoum International, which opened to passengers in 2013, currently handles only a fraction of Dubai’s passenger traffic. It will be larger than main airport Dubai International, currently one of the world’s busiest, when the first phase of the expansion opens and eventually become the new base of Emirates airline.
Dubai Airports said in 2016 it was expanding Dubai International to handle 118 million passengers a year by 2023, 18 million more than initially planned, in case the development of Al Maktoum International was delayed.