Auckland plays spot the Dreamliner

first_imgLocals walking the streets in Auckland later this week will be among the first in the Southern Hemisphere to look up and spot a Boeing 787 flying overhead, as the plane makes its first landing at Auckland International Airport.Testing its performance, the aircraft will be flown by Air New Zealand’s chief pilot Captain David Morgan non-stop from Seattle’s Boeing Field Airport on 12 November, landing in Auckland where it will be hosted by the New Zealand carrier for up to two days.Expected to touch down at approximately 10.00am local time on the Saturday, Air New Zealand said the planes’ flight path will depend on the weather.The first route will see the Dreamliner land on runway 23L after approaching Auckland via Browns Bay at 9.50am local time before flying over Whenuapai, Manukau City and then landing at the airport.Alternatively, the plane will fly into the city from the northeast between Waiheke Island and Motutapu Island at approximately 9.50am local time then turn right flying over Browns Island Te Atatu and Manukau Heads before landing on runway 05R.After spending two days in Air New Zealand’s Engineering Base, the aircraft will take off on Tuesday 15 November with a planned departure time of 10.00am local time.  The aircraft hit the scene this year after year-long delays, joining All Nippon Airways fleet late last month.Made up of lightweight high-tech materials, the plane reduces pollutant emissions while offering lower cabin altitude and higher humidity levels. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img

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