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Air NZ flight to Shanghai lands back in Auckland after nine hours

Air NZ flight to Shanghai lands back in Auckland after nine hours

Air New Zealand flight NZ289 to Shanghai returned to Auckland this morning after a 4.5 hour flight. The passengers were in the air for about nine hours.

Air New Zealand told 1News in a statement that the decision was made to turn the flight around because “more oil than normal” was being used.

Because the team in Shanghai did not have full technical capacity, the plane returned to Auckland.

“The decision was made to return to Auckland so that our engineering team could check the aircraft here to expedite the repair.

“The aircraft arrived in Auckland at 8:36am this morning and customers are being transported on the next available service.

Flightradar24 showed the plane flying over the Solomon Islands.

“We would like to thank our customers for their patience and understanding as our teams work through the rebooking process.”