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Air New Zealand Cancels Dozens Of Flights Due To Engine Issue, Affecting Thousands Of Aussies

Air New Zealand has cancelled dozens of flights in and out of Australia because of safety checks to Rolls-Royce engines on its Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner fleet.

The carrier says 14,000 passengers will be affected by the suspension of its twice-weekly seasonal Christchurch-Perth service and cancellation of services including several Auckland-Sydney trips in December and January.

Air New Zealand has cancelled dozens of flights in and out of Australia. Image: Getty

Rolls-Royce requires operators of its Trent 1000 TEN model engines, including Air New Zealand, to carry out additional maintenance due to an issue with their blades. 

The airline, which does not have replacement engines available, said further schedule changes may yet be necessary.

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“Getting customers to their destinations is our top priority. We’re doing all we can to minimise disruption, but unfortunately we need to make a limited number of cancellations and changes to some flights over summer,” Air New Zealand said in a statement on Monday.

National

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“Most of these changes are contained to our Perth flights and we estimate around 14,000 customers will be impacted by cancellations. Flights within New Zealand will not be affected.

“We are deeply disappointed to be in this position again, but safety is paramount and non-negotiable.”

Air New Zealand will contact customers who have booked flights on affected routes and said their travel alerts section of their website will be updated with the latest schedule information.

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