Airlines to increase Singapore-New Zealand air links

Airlines to increase Singapore-New Zealand air links

Passengers had said the captain announced a minor technical problem with one of the engines.

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.

The move is in response two recent incidents involving 787-9 flights and based on advice from the engine manufacturer, Air New Zealand said on Thursday.

Said SIA's senior vice-president of marketing planning, Tan Kai Ping: "Our alliance with Air New Zealand has already benefited customers through more capacity, choice, improved connections and more codeshare destinations".

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.

Customers affected by these changes will be proactively contacted with new travel information.

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"At this stage our investigation team is satisfied all parties are doing the right thing to ensure the continuing safety of the travelling public".

SIA will operate a mix of Airbus A380s and Boeing 777-300ERs, while Air New Zealand will utilise its new configuration 787-9 aircraft, offering more premium seats than its current 787-9 fleet.

An investigation is underway after two Air NZ Dreamliner airplanes experienced engine abnormalities this week. Both airlines took aircraft out service for urgent maintenance, causing hundreds of flight cancellations.

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

"It's not uncommon for long-term engine programmes to experience technical issues during their life and we manage them through proactive maintenance", a Rolls-Royce spokeswoman was quoted as saying by Reuters.