Screaming in pain, an Air New Zealand flight attendant had to endure much of a 10-hour flight with a dislocated shoulder.
The attendant did not sustain the injury in flight. A spokeswoman for the airline told the Fairfax site stuff.co.nz in New Zealand that an old injury had suddenly recurred.
The crew tried to find a doctor aboard, delaying meal service. When the flight from Singapore landed in Auckland as scheduled, paramedics responded to a call just before midnight. They treated the flight attendant for minor injuries at the airport.
The flight attendant (the report did not specify gender) is lucky that they weren’t on the world’s longest flight. The route is brand new, it ends in New Zealand, it lasts a lot longer than 10 hours and it arrived this week.
It is operated not by Air New Zealand but by Qatar Airways, which has claimed a new record for the longest commercial flight in the world. A B777 departed from Doha, Qatar on Sunday and landed in Auckland, New Zealand on Monday after flying 14,535 kilometres in 16 hours and 15 minutes.
The head of Qatar Airlines, Akbar Al Baker, was aboard, but no sooner were formalities completed than he slammed Air New Zealand for withdrawing from a special prorate agreement (SPA).
“As we promote New Zealand to the outside world, the national carrier would of course want to be a part of this but unfortunately, being pressured by the bigger airline partners, have withdrawn the SPA,” he told a press conference in Auckland.
A spokesman for Air New Zealand responded, telling Fairfax media in that country that Air New Zealand had commercial arrangements with partner airlines and was “under no obligation to offer preferred rates to competitors”.
Written by Peter Needham in Paraparaumu, New Zealand