Air NZ's damaged 787 engine

Andrew Cummings
December 7, 2017

Photos of one of Air New Zealand's Boeing 787 Dreamliner engines which failed this week in-flight show damage to multiple turbine blades, at the rear, suggesting a part broke off and travelled through the engine.

Both incidents involved the engines during climb on takeoff from Auckland, forcing them to turn back.

Last night another Air New Zealand 787, headed to Buenos Aires, Argentina, experienced an engine issue shortly after leaving Auckland and was also forced to return.

Provided with the photos taken of the NZ99 engine after it landed back in Auckland, a spokeswoman said: "The cause of these incidents is yet to be determined and this is the role of the Transport Accident Investigation Commission".


Singapore Airlines will operate a mixture of Airbus A380s and Boeing 777-300ERs on the service, while Air New Zealand will use a newly configured 787-9 aircraft.

Air New Zealand is cancelling some flights and retiming others due to maintenance requirements on the Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines that power its Boeing 787-9 fleet.

"Air New Zealand will be focused on finding replacement aircraft capacity", the airline said.

The Trent 1000 engine has had a number of technical hitches, which the manufacturer has been working hard to resolve, with a wide range of operators in recent years.


Passengers affected will be contacted, and the latest information will be published on the Travel Alerts section on Air New Zealand's website.

Air New Zealand is not the first airline to report issues with Rolls-Royce's Trent 1000 engines.

The company has said previously it expect to an improvement in earnings in the current financial year, compared with the 2016/17 result.

Air New Zealand will be making cancellations and rescheduling some worldwide flights due to the incidents.


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