Air New Zealand has wet leased two aircraft from Hi Fly Malta to cover for the absence of two of their Boeing 787-9s, which are currently unavailable due to engine maintenance issues. In the previous week two Air New Zealand 787-9 flights were forced to return to Auckland after experiencing possible engine issues after take off. These events are currently being investigated by the New Zealand Transport Accident Investigation Commission.
The Rolls Royce Trent 1000 engine has caused problems for other airlines including Virgin Atlantic due to earlier than expected major maintenance.
Hi Fly will provide one Airbus A330-200 and one Airbus A340-300 (9H-FOX) to operate the airline’s Auckland – Sydney and Auckland – Perth routes until the issue is resolved.
In a stock market filing Air New Zealand gave the following statement:-
“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.”