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Paint peeling on Air New Zealand’s Boeing 787s

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According to claims in the New Zealand news, some of Air New Zealand’s Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners have had paint peeling concerns.

The aircraft’s composite wings were harmed. Despite the fact that the plane is still flying, the airline is in talks with Boeing to remedy the problem.

Business Desk was the first to break the story. According to Air New Zealand’s website, the problem is solely cosmetic and poses no safety risks. Boeing is planned to repaint the impacted planes in May 2022, according to the airline.

“Boeing is working to provide both an immediate as well as a longer-term solution,” an Air New Zealand spokeswoman is quoted by Stuff.co.nz.

Air New Zealand was one of the first customers for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, and it already has 14 of planes. The planes were delivered between 2014 and 2019, with the oldest being over eight years old.

The news comes just days after Qatar Airways experienced similar issues with their Airbus A350’s paintwork. After failing to reach an agreement, Qatar Airways decided to take legal action against Airbus.

Both the Airbus A350 and the Boeing 787 Dreamliner are famous for having a large portion of their airframe made of composite materials rather than metal, as was the case with previous commercial aircraft types.

Air New Zealand has been contacted for comment and is awaiting a response.

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