Air NZ engine issues: Is your flight affected? 0 936

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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How Cheap can it get?! Black Friday airfare sales are out! 0 671

Black Friday and Cyber Monday might be best known for their incredible department store sales and for grabbing goodies to put under the Christmas tree, but if you’re dreaming of a holiday overseas and eager to snag a good travel deal then you’re in luck.

Flight Centre NZ have today released some eye wateringly good holiday deals… with more to come.

It seems by knowing where you want to travel; you can save hundreds of dollars on your next trip by booking it all this weekend.

Traffic at the airport. Huge airplane is taxiing to the runway.

Top airfare deals out today exclusive to Flight Centre include:

Hawaii $499 return per person family share (based on two adults and two children aged 2-11 years flying together), travel selected dates January 22 – March 26 2018

San Francisco $899 return per person, travel selected dates January 16 – March 22 2018

Los Angeles $899 return per person, travel selected dates January 23 – March 22 2018

Bali $699 return per person, travel selected dates April 21 – May 30 2018

Tokyo $799 return per person, travel selected dates March 1 – June 30 2018

Fiji $499 return per person, travel selected dates December 3 2017 – June 27 2018

Samoa $499 return per person, travel selected dates January 9 – June 30 2018

All airfares are ex Auckland flying Air New Zealand.

The good news doesn’t stop here though. Flight Centre is telling keen travellers not to get too caught up in the Black Friday crowds as their Mega Global Sale kicks off on Saturday for two days and will have even more spectacular deals for across the globe.

On for two days only, keen travellers can expect to score deals on airfares, accommodation, cruises, tours and more from some of travels biggest brands.

Top deals will be for travel to the USA, Australia, South Pacific, UK, Europe, Asia and more. Travellers can also expect to get exceptionally good deals flying premium cabins.

Sue Matson, Flight Centre NZ general manager retail says, “there are going to be some spectacular travel deals available this weekend, the perfect time for Kiwis to lock in not one, but two or three holidays for next year.”

She does caution though that with so many options it’s important travellers explore all routes and carriers and choose the best option to suit their needs, whether that be based on price point, product offering or travel length.

Her advice is for eager holiday makers to pop into their local Flight Centre store, visit flightcentre.co.nz, or phone their travel expert to chat through their travel needs sooner rather than later.

– Flight Centre

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Six new Boeing 737’s for airline with the most unfortunate of names 0 228

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.

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