Air New Zealand had to wet-lease two Airbus aircraft from Hi Fly since two of its Boeing 787-9 planes were grounded for maintenance after failure of the Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines.
As a result of the problems, two flights performed by the 787-9 aircraft had to return back to their starting point. This lead to some rescheduling of the services offered by the carrier.
The Portuguese carrier Hi Fly provided Air New Zealand with one Airbus A330 and an A340, which will be used on commercial flights between Auckland, Sydney, and Perth as of December 18 instead of the
Boeing planes. The wet-leasing was necessary, since Rolls-Royce warned that the lack of spare parts means the repair of the failed engines will be prolonged.
Air New Zealand is not the only airline,(take this comma out) which was affected by the problem. Virgin Atlantic also had to look for new planes to replace its failed Boeing aircraft. Now, with the wet-leased airbus jets, the New Zealand carrier will be able to maintain a normal schedule and serve its passengers as usual.
Source: Flight Global