More than 50 children and their caregivers are today enjoying a special scenic tour of New Zealand from the air in a 787-9 Dreamliner, on Air New Zealand’s special Koru Care flight.
The Air New Zealand Koru Care flight departed Auckland Airport shortly after midday with 58 children aged between five and 18 on board. Among the children invited for this special day are kids with a range of medical conditions including leukaemia, heart problems and hearing and visual impairments
The flight will head to the Deep South and carry out flyovers at Dunedin and Invercargill airports, weather permitting, before returning to Auckland in the late afternoon cruising low over the Central Plateau on its way up the country.
Air New Zealand and Koru Care have a long-standing relationship, and have worked together for more than 30 years with Air New Zealand providing more than 100 airfares each year to enable memorable overseas trips for children with serious and often ongoing medical conditions.
Tyrese Whittaker, Carteron
Air New Zealand Chief Executive Officer Christopher Luxon – who is travelling on today’s flight – says the airline is extremely proud of its long-standing partnership with Koru Care and wanted to put on a special flight for those children who are unable to travel overseas on other Koru Care trips for various reasons such as their medical condition or family situation.
“We are really excited to take these children on a memorable scenic trip spanning the length of the country and many of them have never been on a plane before. This will be a special day for them,” Mr Luxon says.
Brooke Joyce, Christchurch
The children on today’s flight will be kept well entertained thanks to MC Erin Simpson, loads of goodies and thanks to Sony they will get an extra special treat of an exclusive preview of The Angry Birds Movie which isn’t out in cinemas until Thursday.
Various organisations have helped make the Air New Zealand Koru Care flight possible – including Panasonic Avionics, Global Eagle Entertainment, BP, Auckland Airport, Airways New Zealand, LSG catering, Fonterra, Delish Cupcakes, Pop ‘n’ Good and The Production Company.