Air New Zealand has cancelled some of its flights over the holiday period due to maintenance required on Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner engines.
The airline says changes will be made to flights between December 10 and January 2, which will affect around 14,000 customers. The engine issue is not confined to New Zealand and airlines around the world have been affected. This means there's a long waiting list for replacement engines and engine repairs. Air NZ has 10 of the affected Trent 1000 TEN engines fitted to its 787-9 fleet. The airline says while efforts have been made to minimise disruption so far, schedule changes have become unavoidable.
Which flights are affected:
The airline is suspending its twice-weekly seasonal Christchurch-Perth service, resulting in the cancellation of 62 flights From December 10 until January 5, the airline will also cancel its second daily Auckland-Perth service
NZ105 Auckland - Sydney - Cancelled 29 December
NZ108 Sydney - Auckland - Cancelled 29 December
NZ107 Auckland - Sydney Cancelled 12 December, 2 January
NZ109 Auckland - Sydney - Cancelled 10, 13, 16, 17, 18, 29 December
NZ110 Sydney - Auckland - Cancelled 12 December, 2 January
NZ112 - Sydney - Auckland - Cancelled 10, 13, 16, 17, 18, 29 December
NZ270 - Auckland - Tonga - Cancelled 30 December
NZ273 - Tonga - Auckland - Cancelled 30 December
Air NZ says customers booked on cancelled flights will be contacted by the airline about alternative arrangements. Those who booked via a travel agency will be contacted by their agent.
Hazy skies caused by the Australian bush fires are set to linger this weekend.
Northwesterly winds have blown a hazy plume of smoke across the Tasman Sea, and while it has mostly affected the South Island in recent weeks, it has moved up the country.
The "robust plume" is expected to head to the South Island late on Saturday.
The haze has been causing a yellowish-orange, hue at sunset, making for some sweet sunset photos. Share your photos in the comments!
(Our photo is of the sun setting over the Waitākere Ranges, taken by visual journalist Ricky Wilson.)
Today's announcement is the second phase of AT's pets on trains trial, following the first phase roll out in June. While dogs no longer have to fit inside a carrier to ride the train, there are still some conditions. AT requires them to be wearing appropriate muzzles and leashes, and pets can only travel outside of peak times. Cats and other domestic animals will still have to travel in carriers. Stacey van der Putten, group manager of Metro Services says the trial has gone well. “We’ve had a great response from our customers since the trial started in June. We’ve worked closely with our staff and our operator Transdev to move into this next stage. “This is another step in making public transport more accessible. There are many Aucklanders who may not have access to a vehicle to take their pet to the vet or to explore our city, this will potentially benefit both the owners and the pets.” Councillor Cathy Casey has advocated strongly for pets on trains. “I am very pleased that now all of Auckland’s 106,000 registered dogs can travel by train no matter how big or small they are." AT’s independent survey showed that 56 per cent of people supported having pets on trains while 12 per cent were against it. This next phase of the trial will run until the end of March next year.
When a Christchurch school lost four classrooms to fire, retired AMI Branch Manager Philip Buckingham knew how he could help.
Philip – “ When one of our offices is relocated or refitted as a flexi workspace, there are all sorts of useful items left behind — stationery, file cabinets, chairs, desks, computer monitor arms. For years now, we have gathered it all up and donated it to schools; initially those hit particularly hard by the Christchurch earthquakes. It’s hard to explain, but it’s just in our DNA at AMI to help people. After the Russley School fire, there was an urgent need to get the kids some stationery. On my way home, I went to the school and spoke with the principal, Greg Lewis. We couldn’t have asked for a better principal for the school, he is such a great guy.”
…read the full story here.