Aviation review impacting Air NZ 'Dreamliners'

Air New Zealand could be seriously affected if a review of the new Boeing 787 holds up deliveries of the plane further.

The US Federal Aviation Administration is reviewing the aircraft's design, manufacture and assembly after several safety incidents in the past week.

Aviation commentator Peter Clark says Air New Zealand has already been waiting more than two years for its Dreamliners.

He says the review could delay the delivery of the 787-9.

"This will really affect airlines like Air New Zealand who are desperately waiting for this aircraft for their fleet expansion and for their route expansion."

Mr Clark believes Air New Zealand may consider different new planes if the 787s are delayed much longer.

He says some of the incidents are very minor, like a cracked windscreen, which can happen at any time to any aircraft.

"There is nothing out of this, what the FAA are doing as a review, to suggest in any way that the Boeing 787 is unsafe to fly on. It hasn't been grounded and airlines are still flying it."

Mr Clark says the incidents are hitting the headlines because they're delaying flights.


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