Air NZ engine issues: Is your flight affected? 0 908

Air New Zealand has advised that it’s retiming some international flights and making a limited number of cancellations over coming weeks as a result of two recent events involving the Rolls-Royce engines on its Boeing 787-9 aircraft.

Rolls-Royce has advised that some of the Trent 1000 engines in the airline’s Boeing 787-9 fleet require maintenance sooner than previously indicated.

Rolls-Royce does not have any replacement engines available while this maintenance work is undertaken which means some schedule changes are unavoidable.

In addition to these changes, Air New Zealand is focused on securing replacement aircraft capacity.

Customers affected by these changes will be proactively contacted with new travel information. In addition to this, the latest available information on any schedule changes will be published in the Travel Alerts section of the Air New Zealand website. Customers are encouraged to check this first before calling the airline’s contact centre.

Schedule changes currently planned between Thursday 7 December and Sunday 10 December are as follows (all dates given in local time):

Thursday 7 December:

NZ175 Auckland – Perth Cancelled
NZ178 Perth – Auckland Cancelled
NZ31 Buenos Aires – Auckland Delayed 8 hours, 55 minutes
NZ282 Auckland – Singapore Delayed 35 minutes
NZ289 Auckland – Shanghai Delayed 5 hours, 40 minutes (now departing Friday AM)

Friday 8 December:

NZ97 Auckland – Osaka Cancelled
NZ98 Osaka – Auckland Cancelled
NZ175 Auckland – Perth Delayed 3 hours, 30 minutes
NZ162 Perth – Christchurch Delayed 7 hours, 35 minutes
NZ161 Christchurch – Perth Delayed 4 hours, 50 minutes
NZ289 Auckland – Shanghai Delayed 7 hours, 30 minutes
NZ288 Shanghai – Auckland Delayed 1 hour, 45 minutes
NZ61 Auckland – Rarotonga – Sydney Delayed 1 hour, 30 minutes

Saturday 9 December:

NZ30 Auckland – Buenos Aires Delayed 5 hours, 35 minutes
NZ289 Auckland – Shanghai Delayed 7 hours, 30 minutes
NZ288 Shanghai – Auckland Delayed 3 hours
NZ28 Auckland – Houston Cancelled
NZ29 Houston – Auckland Cancelled

Sunday 10 December:

NZ289 Auckland – Shanghai Delayed 1 hour, 16 minutes



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Six new Boeing 737’s for airline with the most unfortunate of names 0 226

Boeing and Kazakhstan-based SCAT Airlines announced an order for six 737 MAX 8s valued at $674 million at current list prices on the final day of the 2017 Dubai Airshow.

The agreement also includes purchase rights for an additional five 737 MAX 8s.

“The 737 MAX 8 fits our network strategy as we expand our network to include destinations in Europe, Russia and the Far East,” said Valdimir Denssov, President, SCAT Airlines. “The reliability and low operating costs of the airplane as well as the passenger experience were the main factors in selecting the 737 MAX.”

SCAT Airlines currently operates a fleet of 737s, 757s and 767s.

“We value our partnership with SCAT Airlines and their ongoing confidence in Boeing products,” said Marty Bentrott, vice president of Sales, Middle East, Turkey, Russia Central Asia and Africa, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “We look forward to supporting their expansion plans and continuing to play an integral role in their long-term success.”

The 737 MAX family offers the greatest flexibility, reliability and efficiency in the single-aisle market, with eight percent lower operating costs than its main competitor.

The 737 MAX has surpassed 4,000 total orders to date. The MAX family incorporates the latest technology CFM International LEAP-1B engines, Advanced Technology winglets and other improvements to deliver the highest efficiency, reliability and passenger comfort in the single-aisle market.



Thai Airways 787-9 Dreamliner touches down to launch daily Auckland-Bangkok service 0 48

Thai Airways today launches a daily service between Auckland and Bangkok on its new 787-9 Dreamliner, marking a two-way tourist capacity increase from its 5 times per week service, and injecting $53 million annually into New Zealand’s economy.

The airline is the only carrier to have serviced this route consistently over 30 years and the new Dreamliner flights will add 600 weekly seats to the service, which serves as a popular connecting route to the rest of Asia and beyond to Europe.

Thai Airways says the increased frequency to the larger capacity aircraft is a response to demand from Kiwi travellers wanting to visit their favourite Asian travel destinations, and is expected to boost numbers of inbound tourists into New Zealand.

“This new service will be a welcome addition for holidaymakers, international students and business travellers alike. Nearly 50,000 Kiwis travelled to Thailand last year and tens of thousands of Thai tourists visited New Zealand,” says Thai Airways General Manager of New Zealand Karun Sirarojanakul.

The latest increase in seating capacity means Thai Airways has added more than 30,000 seats to the Auckland-Bangkok route per year.

As well as a leading tourist destination, Thailand is now New Zealand’s eighth largest export market, with goods trading between the countries increasing almost 150 per cent since the Closer Economic Partnership was signed in 2005.

With annual trade between New Zealand and Thailand now worth $3.62 billion, the Dreamliner flight service will continue this growth as more New Zealand and Thai businesses take advantage of improved market access. The two countries signed an agreement in Bangkok earlier this year increasing the volume of New Zealand dairy products that can enter Thailand under a preferential tariff rate, and trade between the two countries has generally been growing in recent years.

“We’re committed to helping grow and strengthen New Zealand’s market ties with Thailand through our new daily Dreamliner service which will now offer business travellers 30 Royal Silk Class seats (business) to Bangkok daily,” says Sirarojanakul. “This will boost business class capacity by 40 per cent.”

In December, Thai Airways will mark the 30th anniversary of flights between Auckland and Thailand.

Images Richard Maher, text Thai Airways.



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