International summer schedule changes due to Rolls-Royce engine issues
The ongoing global issues impacting the Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines that power our Boeing 787-9 aircraft continue to affect our ability to maintain our schedule as planned.
We thought these engine maintenance requirements were almost behind us, but Rolls- Royce now requires airlines to carry out more frequent maintenance on a specific part of the Trent 1000 ‘TEN’ engine.
While we’ve worked hard to limit the impact, Rolls-Royce does not have any replacement engines and there’s a significant wait for repairs at its Singapore facility as we are one of many airlines impacted globally.
As a result, we’ve had to make some changes to our international schedule over summer, including a limited number of cancellations and changes to aircraft scheduled to operate some Tasman and Pacific Island services. Flights within New Zealand are not affected.
For more information on affected services, please see here.
We will continue to operate our leased Boeing 777-300 aircraft from fellow Star Alliance member, EVA Air, to help with extra capacity on some routes. This aircraft is operated by our Air New Zealand pilots and cabin crew.
Customers impacted by these schedule or aircraft changes will be contacted directly by Air New Zealand in the coming days, via the contact information provided in their booking, or the travel agent they booked through.
Continuing to get our customers to their destinations is our first priority and we thank customers for their understanding.
Discounted airfares for Jetstar ticketed customers
Air New Zealand is offering discounted airfares to Jetstar customers affected by its plan to withdraw from all New Zealand regional services from 30 November 2019.
Further information on how to apply for these discounted fares can be found here.
For customers with Air New Zealand flights affected by Jetstar's announcement, please reach out to our Contact Centre to discuss your booking options.
Auckland Airport infrastructure changes
From August 2019, the Northern Network roadworks are commencing to widen George Bolt Memorial Drive and add high occupancy vehicle lanes to enable public transport, along with shared paths for pedestrians and cyclists. New roads and intersections on or around George Bolt Memorial Drive and Tom Pearce Drive are also being added.
A new one-way loop road will be built, allowing traffic to flow efficiently through a pick up/drop off zone at the International Terminal, before connecting back into George Bolt Memorial Drive.
These changes are part of Auckland Airport’s infrastructure construction upgrades to build the airport of the future, with the full roadwork changes expected to complete by mid-2021.
There will be traffic management plans in place, focused on minimising the impact on road users as much as possible. We do recommend, however, allowing more time when planning your trip to the airport.
If you're travelling to or from the airport during this time, find the top tips for a smoother journey on the Auckland Airport website, here.