Air NZ eyes full 787 operations by September

FlightGlobal | February 28, 2019

Air NZ eyes full 787 operations by September
Air New Zealand expects its full fleet of Boeing 787-9s to be in service by the start of September as it eyes an end to the troubles caused by issues with the type's Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines.Chief executive Christopher Luxon says that in the six months to December, up to five of the 787s were grounded due to ongoing maintenance issues with the engines, but that the situation has been improving.Currently we have two aircraft on the ground and from the first of April we expect that to be one, and by the first of September we expect that to be fully resolved,” he says on the Star Alliance carrier’s earnings call.

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Safran and Albany International Extend Strategic Cooperation on Advanced Composites

Saran | November 30, 2021

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Emirates Selects Panasonic Avionics To Enhance Premium Economy Passenger Experience

Panasonic Avionics Corporation | November 17, 2021

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Kaman Aerospace Group, Inc. selected by Transcend Air to build the Vy 400 High Speed VTOL Aircraft

Transcend Air Corporation | August 13, 2021

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Bombardier Business Aircraft is pleased to present its 2015 edition of the Business Aircraft Market Forecast, debuting at the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition in Geneva. The forecast provides an in-depth look at how six primary market drivers (wealth creation, globalization of trade, emerging markets, new aircraft programs, replacement demand and accessibility) will shape the future of business aviation over the next 10 years.