Investigations into Air New Zealand Dreamliner 'abnormalities'

More flights from Auckland Airport to Singapore

There was also an engine issue on an Air New Zealand Dreamliner flight to Buenos Aires last night and that also turned back.

This additional service, along with a revision of the current schedules, will reduce connection times and enhance connectivity through the Singapore hub, the airlines said.

The new service will operate daily during the peak Northern Winter season (28 October 2018 - 30 March 2019), and five times per week during the Northern Summer season (31 March 2019 - 26 October 2019).

The Transport Accident Investigation Commission has opened two investigations into Air New Zealand, after two of their flights were forced to turn back this week forcing the airline to accelerate maintenance and cancel flights. Air New Zealand has been flying Dreamliners since 2014 and has 11 in its fleet.

The new daily service also adds over 10% of direct cargo capacity to and from Singapore.

Air New Zealand chief strategy, networks and alliances officer, Nick Judd, expects the new service and revised schedules to be especially appealing to travellers to and from Europe, India and Southeast Asia.

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"The new flight to Auckland will increase convenience for our customers and demonstrates our commitment to the New Zealand market", he added.

"In addition to these changes, Air New Zealand is focused on securing replacement aircraft capacity".

"We are proud of the alliance's three destinations in New Zealand - Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington".

This batch of four aircraft feature what the airline has termed its "Code 2" cabin layout, comprising 27 seats in business, 33 in premium economy and 215 in economy for a total of 275.

The first route for these "Code 2" 787-9s was Air New Zealand's Auckland-Houston service, replacing the Boeing 777-200ER.

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