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  1. Air New Zealand has today announced significant investment in its international network and customer experience with commitments to purchase eight Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner aircraft powered by GE Aviation’s GEnx-1B engines. 27 May 2019 At today's list prices, the agreement represents a value of US $2.7 billion. As is usual with such orders, Air New Zealand has negotiated a significant discount on current list prices and the parties have agreed not to disclose the actual purchase price. The first of these highly fuel-efficient aircraft will join the Air New Zealand fleet in 2022 and together they will have the potential to save 190,000 tonnes of carbon per year. Air New Zealand currently operates a fleet of 13 787-9 Dreamliners which Chief Executive Christopher Luxon says have proved to be the perfect aircraft for the airline's Pacific Rim focus. “The 787-10 is longer and even more fuel efficient. However, the game changer for us has been that by working closely with Boeing, we've ensured the 787-10 will meet our network needs, including the ability to fly missions similar to our current 777-200 fleet. “This is a hugely important decision for our airline. With the 787-10 offering almost 15 percent more space for customers and cargo than the 787-9, this investment creates the platform for our future strategic direction and opens up new opportunities to grow,” says Mr Luxon. In addition to the eight firm orders announced today, the agreement includes options to increase the number of aircraft from eight to up to 20. The airline has also negotiated substitution rights that allow a switch from the larger 787-10 aircraft to smaller 787-9s, or a combination of the two models for future fleet and network flexibility. The delivery schedule can also be delayed or accelerated according to market demand. These new long-haul aircraft will replace Air New Zealand's fleet of eight 777-200 aircraft, which will be phased out by 2025. Combined with GE's GEnx-1B engines, they are expected to be 25 percent more fuel efficient than the aircraft they're replacing. Mr Luxon signed the letters of intent with Boeing Vice President Commercial Sales and Marketing Asia Pacific Christy Reese and GE Aviation's newly named Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing Jason Tonich at Air New Zealand's headquarters in Auckland today. Mr Luxon says, “Today's news is incredibly exciting for our business and our customers as we continue to invest in the most innovative, sustainable and comfortable aircraft on the market and deliver on our commitment to grow our business sustainably. “In connecting New Zealand with the world, we naturally offer a high proportion of long-haul flights, and these state-of-the-art aircraft will ensure we continue to operate one of the world's youngest and most efficient jet fleets.” Christy Reese, Vice President of Boeing Commercial Sales and Marketing for Asia Pacific says, “We are honoured to extend our deep partnership with Air New Zealand. This is a bold decision by the airline and will help carry forward the ambitions of Air New Zealand for many years to come. “The 787-10 is the most efficient widebody in operation today with 25 percent better fuel costs per seat than the aircraft it replaces. In addition, the 787-10 has 95 percent commonality with Air New Zealand's existing fleet of 787-9s and will provide the airline with added benefits in terms of capacity and overall operations.” Jason Tonich, GE Aviation's Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing says, “GE is honoured to be selected to power and support Air New Zealand's new fleet of 787-10 aircraft with our GEnx-1B engines. “The GEnx engine is the leading engine of choice on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, with world-class utilisation, reliability and fuel efficiency that will benefit Air New Zealand and its customers,” says Mr Tonich. Air New Zealand's widebody fleet currently consists of 13 Boeing 787-9s, eight Boeing 777-200s and seven Boeing 777-300 aircraft. A 14th Boeing 787-9 will enter the fleet later this year. The first new aircraft is expected to join the Air New Zealand fleet in late 2022 with the remainder delivered at intervals through to 2027. This constitutes a major transaction as defined by NZX Listing Rule 5.1, and the letters of intent are contingent upon approval from a simple majority of 51 percent of shareholders. The transaction will be voted on at the airline's Annual Shareholder Meeting in September. As a 52 percent shareholder, the Crown has indicated to Air New Zealand's Board of Directors that the Government will vote in favour of the transaction at that time. Note to Editors: Footage of Air New Zealand Chief Executive Officer Christopher Luxon and Chief Operational Integrity and Standards Officer Captain David Morgan on the announcement is available to view here. https://www.airnewzealand.com/press-release-2019-airnz-announces-multi-billion-dollar-investment-in-new-fuel-efficient-boeing-787-10-dreamliners
  2. Mas já. 02 APRIL, 2019 Singapore Airlines has grounded a pair of Boeing 787-10s owing to premature deterioration of the high pressure turbine (HPT) blades in their Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 TEN engines. “During recent routine inspections of Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 TEN engines on Singapore Airlines’ Boeing 787-10 fleet, premature blade deterioration was found on some engines,” the airline states. The blades that suffered deterioration were in the engine’s HPT section. The carrier, working with R-R, identified other aircraft for precautionary inspections. “All of these engine inspections on SIA’s 787-10 fleet have now been completed, and a remaining check will be completed on a Scoot 787-9 by 3 April,” it says. “Pending engine replacements, two SIA 787-10 aircraft have been removed from service.” Cirium’s Fleets Analyzer shows that SIA operates nine 787-10s with an average age of just one year. The only other Trent-powered 787-10 is a single example delivered recently to All NipponAirways. The other 12 787-10s in service - including one operated by Boeing - are powered by General Electric GEnx-1Bs. SIA confirms that the two grounded aircraft bear the registration numbers 9V-SCB and 9V-SCF. Both were delivered last year: 9V-SCB was delivered on 2 April 2018 and 9V-SCF on 26 June 2018. Previous iterations of the Trent 1000 suffered durability issues with their intermediate pressure compressor blades, requiring redesign work. In response to an query from FlightGlobal, the engine maker said that it has told operators that HPT blades in Trent 1000 TEN engines would have a limited life cycle, and that it has sampled a “small population” of the engine fleet that has “flown in more arduous conditions.” R-R adds that it is working on a fix for the wear issue. “This work has shown that a small number of these engines need to have their blades replaced earlier than scheduled. In anticipation of limited turbine blade life, our engineers have already developed and are testing an enhanced version of this blade,” it adds. Globally, 295 787s of all variants are powered by Trent 1000s. Of these, 70 have Trent 1000 TEN engines. https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/two-sia-787s-grounded-owing-to-trent-1000-ten-hpt-i-457105/
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