Air New Zealand leases HiFly Airbus A330-200 due to Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner engine issues

CS-TQW Airbus A330-223 (MSN 262) of Hi Fly, in Mirpuri Foundation special livery, at Perth Airport - 16 December 2017. First visit to Perth. Leased by Air New Zealand due to urgent engine maintenance required on the Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines powering its Boeing 787-9s. Seen here operating flight NZ175 from Auckland, on final approach to runway 21 at 2:08pm. Ex 9M-MKT, HB-IQF, VN-A370. Photo © Steve Jaksic
CS-TQW Airbus A330-223 (MSN 262) of Hi Fly, in Mirpuri Foundation special livery, at Perth Airport – 16 December 2017.
First visit to Perth. Leased by Air New Zealand due to urgent engine maintenance required on the Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines powering its Boeing 787-9s. Seen here operating flight NZ175 from Auckland, on final approach to runway 21 at 2:08pm. Ex 9M-MKT, HB-IQF, VN-A370. Photo © Steve Jaksic

16 December 2017 © David Eyre

Air New Zealand has had to lease an Airbus A330-200 aircraft from Portuguese charter airline HiFly to operate Perth services, due to urgent maintenance on the Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines that power its Boeing 787-9 fleet.

Engine issues on Boeing 787

Two engine incidents involving Air New Zealand Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners occurred during December 2017 – both during climb on takeoff from Auckland, forcing them to turn back.

The 5 December incident required one engine to be shutdown in flight with photos showing damage to turbine blades. In the 6 December incident, the crew reduced thrust on the suspect engine before returning to Auckland.

Rolls-Royce advised the airline that its fleet’s Trent 1000 engines “require maintenance sooner than previously indicated”. Rolls-Royce regretted that it did not have any replacement engines available while the maintenance work is undertaken.

Air New Zealand then had to cancel or reschedule a number of international flights to accommodate urgent maintenance on the 787 engines from 7 December 2017, affecting services to Houston, Shanghai, Buenos Aires and Perth.

ZK-NZH Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner (MSN 37964/351) of Air New Zealand, at Perth Airport - 29 October 2017. Flight NZ178 to Auckland, taxying out at 7:10am. Photo © David Eyre
ZK-NZH Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner (MSN 37964/351) of Air New Zealand, at Perth Airport – 29 October 2017.
Flight NZ178 to Auckland, taxying out at 7:10am. Photo © David Eyre

Replacement aircraft

Air New Zealand then leased an Airbus A330-200 (CS-TQW from HiFly) to operate Auckland – Perth NZ175/176 services from 16 December 2017. At this time, it is expected the aircraft will be leased until 31 January 2018, though this could change.

A HiFly Airbus A340-300 will operate other Air New Zealand services from Auckland to Sydney.

Other services to Perth operated by Air New Zealand 787s are still suffering some schedule delays.

David Eyre

President, Aviation Association of WA Inc

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