Nine Air New Zealand 787 Dreamliner planes have been caught out in the latest global issue with Rolls Royce engines.
The manufacturer has recommended stricter inspections after talking with authorities about a compressor issue.
Rolls Royce said about 380 Trent 1000 Package C series engines throughout the world were affected - nine of those here.
It has not gone into detail about the compressor issue - but now requires a maintenance check after 300 cycles - down from 2000.
A cycle is defined as when a plane takes off then lands again.
The changes couldn't come at a worse time.
Air New Zealand said it was a very busy time of year for travel.
It expected some disruption to its international flights.
In December, Air New Zealand had to lease a couple of other planes after urgent maintenance was needed on some Rolls Royce engines.