Air New Zealand is operating repatriation flights to bring back stranded New Zealand nationals from India.
Three direct, return flights are scheduled between Auckland–Delhi and Auckland–Mumbai between April 22–30. Flight NZ1954 has already departed from Auckland International Airport and two subsequent flights are due to depart over the coming days.
Air New Zealand tweeted:
India charter details:
Aircraft: Boeing 777-300
Expected flight time: Approx. 15.5 hours
Capacity: 342 seats
A team of Air New Zealand employees, including six pilots, fourteen cabin crew and one ramp support staff member, have volunteered to operate these repatriation flights.
Air New Zealand chief operational integrity and standards officer Captain David Morgan says the airline is looking forward to welcoming Kiwis back on to home soil.
“We’re pleased to be able to assist the New Zealand government with these repatriation flights to bring Kiwis home.
“There’s always an additional level of complexity to a repatriation mission when landing at a new location. Our teams are highly experienced in managing such a detailed operation, and we have been working closely with both governments to ensure safety is the number one priority.”