Singapore Airlines And Air NZ Adds Third Daily Auckland-Singapore Fight

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Singapore Airlines (SIA) and Air New Zealand on Thursday said they will jointly launch a third daily flight between Singapore and Auckland, boosting capacity on the route by 40 per cent and adding more than 165,000 seats annually between the two cities.

The firm said some engines on its Boeing 787-9 fleet require maintenance following recent "engine events".

"Under the alliance, Singapore Airlines has access to New Zealand's domestic, Australia and Pacific Islands network, and similarly Air New Zealand to over 50 destinations throughout Singapore Airlines' South East Asia, Europe and South Africa network", says Mr Tasker.

And on Tuesday, the airline's flight to Tokyo Narita also returned to Auckland due to what the TAIC again said were "abnormal indications on one of the engines".

During peak months the airlines will jointly operate a total of 35 return services a week between Singapore and New Zealand, including Christchurch and Wellington flights, the airline said. In August last year, All Nippon Airways announced it would replace all 100 Rolls-Royce engines on its fleet of Boeing 787 Dreamliners following three engine failures earlier in the year.

Japan's ANA and Britain's Virgin Atlantic have previously reported problems with the Trent 1000 engines.

It comes as the New Zealand Transport Accident Investigation Commission investigates two incidents involving "engine abnormalities" on the carrier's services this week.

Rolls-Royce said it was working with Air New Zealand to minimise disruption and vowed to restore full flight operations as soon as possible. The New Zealand Herald reported passengers experienced shaking and heard "weird noises" on the flight to Tokyo.

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