Wednesday 22 April 2020

Covid-19 support flight coverage update

Following on from the earlier blogpost detailing the adhoc flying activity associated with Covid-19 we cover off some of the recent movements. 

Qatar Airways Boeing 777-300 A7-BAW touched down at Christchurch late on the afternoon of 15 April 2020 after a direct flight from Doha as QTR7539. It departed the same night destined for Perth as QTR7540 then onto Doha and Paris. Another 777-300, A7-BAU, touched down at Christchurch late on the afternoon of 20 April 2020 from Doha, and departed 21 April 2020 for Perth. 
A7-BAU arriving Christchurch in golden light 20 April 2020. 

LATAM commenced a series of Boeing 787-9 cargo flights between Santiago and Shanghai/Pudong with a techstop at Auckland in both directions. CC-BGH kicked off the operation with a nocturnal visit 17 April 2020 flying Santiago-Auckland-Pudong, then back through Auckland on the morning of 18 April 2020 flying Pudong-Auckland-Santiago.

Aerolineas Argentinas hasn't been seen in NZ skies for a number of years so it was fantastic to see them operate a cargo flight through Auckland on two occasions using Airbus A330-200 LV-GIF
As ARG1070 the A330 briefly visited during the predawn hours of 17 April 2020 arriving from Buenos Aires and continuing to Shanghai/Pudong. It made its way back through Auckland during the morning of 18 April 2020. A total of 9 round trips are planned. 

Qatar Airways Boeing 777-300 A7-BAS arrived at Auckland late morning 18 April 2020 from Doha as QTR3293. It departed the same day for Perth, Doha and Paris. 

Philippine Airlines operated Airbus A350-900 RP-C3501 through Auckland 20 April 2020 operating a passenger repatriation flight from/to Manila.

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