FAA airworthiness directive affects Air NZ Dreamliner fleet

Nine Air NZ Dreamliners are among the nearly 100 affected internationally.
Nine Air NZ Dreamliners are among the nearly 100 affected internationally. Photo credit: Getty Images

Air NZ has confirmed nine of its 13 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners are affected by a new directive from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

The FAA announced it had discovered issues with nearly 100 Dreamliners currently being operated around the world. 

The airworthiness directive requires airlines and operators to carry out modifications to some of the hydraulic tubing and components.

"Certain areas in the tire/wheel zones could be susceptible to damage, which could result in loss of braking on one of the main landing gear, loss of nose wheel steering, and loss of directional control on the ground," the FAA said in an advisory.

Air NZ confirmed to Newshub nine of its aircraft are among the dozens in need of attention.

"We have already put the maintenance plan in place as part of our regular maintenance schedule. There is no impact to Air New Zealand's schedule."

The directive comes within a month of Air NZ announcing its plans to purchase some of the new Boeing 787-10's as part of its fleet renewal.

The full FAA airworthiness directive can be read here.

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