Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 

Air New Zealand charter flight to Wuhan lands in Hong Kong

The Air New Zealand aircraft operating the Government’s repatriation flight from Wuhan home has arrived in Hong Kong.

The Boeing 777-200 is expected to depart Hong Kong for Wuhan later this evening (local time) and is scheduled to depart Wuhan for Auckland before midnight local time.

NZ1942 Wuhan to Auckland is expected to arrive at Auckland International Airport on Wednesday afternoon (NZT).

The flight will be operated by a team of 20 Air New Zealand employees who volunteered for the special mission. This includes five pilots, 11 cabin crew and medical and engineering staff.

Air New Zealand Chief Operational Integrity and Standards Officer Captain David Morgan says there will be New Zealand, Australian and Pacific Island nationals on the flight back from Wuhan.

“We are pleased to be able to support the New Zealand Government with the repatriation of New Zealanders and other foreign nationals from Wuhan in China’s Hubei province.

“The Air New Zealand crew who have volunteered for this flight are amongst some of our most experienced pilots and crew. They will be under the command of a captain who has more than 30 years’ experience with the airline.

Captain Morgan says the wellbeing of passengers and crew is Air New Zealand’s top priority and it is implementing infection control measures advised by the Ministry of Health and the airline’s Chief Medical Officer.

“There will be minimal interaction between cabin crew and passengers, and pilots will not come into contact with passengers. Crew will wear appropriate personal protection gear while assisting passengers during the service.”

Captain Morgan thanked Chinese officials and New Zealand Government representatives for their efforts to facilitate the necessary approvals to make the repatriation flight happen.

“We have been highly impressed by the way in which Chinese officials have put the necessary approvals in place given the extra ordinary circumstance that they are dealing with in Wuhan,” he says.

Wuhan – Auckland charter
Flight number: NZ1942
Aircraft: Boeing 777-200
Capacity: 312 seats
Expected flight time: 13 hours

The schedule for the charter is as follows (all local times). Please note, due to the complexity of this operation, these times may be subject to change.

Flight number Date Departs Arrives
NZ6001 3 February Auckland
23:55 Hong Kong
06:25+1
NZ1942 4 February Hong Kong
18:55 Wuhan
21.00
NZ1942 4 February Wuhan
23:00 Auckland
16.15+1

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Reserve Bank: RBNZ To Implement $30bn Large Scale Asset Purchase Programme Of NZ Govt Bonds

The Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) has decided to implement a Large Scale Asset Purchase programme (LSAP) of New Zealand government bonds. The negative economic implications of the coronavirus outbreak have continued to intensify. The Committee ... More>>

ALSO:

Elevate NZ: Venture Fund To Lift Productivity

The Government’s new $300 million venture capital fund - announced in last year’s Budget – is now open for business as the Elevate NZ Venture Fund. Finance Minister Grant Robertson says lifting New Zealand's productivity requires well-functioning ... More>>

ALSO:


COVID-19: Case Confirmed In NZ – Expert Reaction

After spreading across the globe for months, the first case of COVID-19 has been reported in New Zealand. The Ministry of Health says the risk of a community outbreak is low, due to their preparedness and the high awareness of the disease. The Science ... More>>

ALSO:

Agriculture: New Legislation To Boost Organics

New organics legislation will boost consumer confidence and help grow an innovative sector, says Food Safety Minister Damien O’Connor. “The Organics Product Bill, introduced to Parliament this week, aims to increase consumer confidence when purchasing ... More>>

ALSO:

Biodiversity Policy: Misinformation Circulating

Forest & Bird is concerned at misinformation circulating regarding a policy statement aimed at protecting New Zealand’s unique biodiversity. The National Policy Statement for Indigenous Biodiversity is being consulted on by the ... More>>

ALSO: