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AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - An AN-124 Ruslan heavy cargo carrier from Volga-Dnepr giant brought new engines to Auckland for Air New Zealand's troubled Boeing 787 fleet.

The huge Soviet-era jet landed at the Auckland International Airport on June 28 after a flight from Singapore via Darwin. It carried four engines for Air New Zealand's fleet of Boeing 787 Dreamliners.

Two were brand-new lease engines from Rolls-Royce, while the other two had undergone maintenance work in Singapore, according to a spokeswoman for the airline.

Ongoing issues with the Dreamliners' engines forced Air New Zealand to cancel dozens of flights late in 2019.

Engine-related disruptions over the previous two years forced the cancellation of more than 200 Air New Zealand flights.

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