Air New Zealand reschedules and cancels some flights due to engine checks

Air New Zealand is working with engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce to resolve the issue.
Air New Zealand is working with engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce to resolve the issue. Photo credit: Getty

Thousands of New Zealanders have been affected by cancelled or rescheduled flights as Air New Zealand checks its Dreamliner engines. 

Air New Zealand is working with engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce to resolve the global issue with some of the Trent 1000 engines which power the airline's Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner fleet.

Around 6500 people have been put out by the checks which have cancelled a number of international services, some until mid next week.

In a statement Air New Zealand customer experience general manager Anita Hawthorne says the airline is doing all it can to minimise the impact of the checks on its customers.

"This is a particularly busy time on our network and we are conscious many Kiwis are heading away for the school holidays. We sincerely apologise for any disruption to our customers' travel plans and we thank them for their patience.

"Although the requirement for engine checks is outside of our control we are doing all we can to reduce any impact, by making changes to our schedule to allow us to keep cancellations to a minimum."

Impacted customers are being contacted by the airline or their travel agent they booked through.

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