An Air New Zealand flight held up in Hawaii for two nights
after an aborted takeoff on Sunday will leave Honolulu this
A faulty indication system prompted pilots to cancel flight
NZ9 mid-takeoff on Sunday and two rescheduled departures were
The 227 passengers on board were sent back to hotels after
spending yesterday at the airport waiting to board their
Air New Zealand said today its engineers had sourced a
replacement part for the affected indication system which
arrived in Honolulu a short time ago, and they were confident
it would fix the problem.
Air New Zealand flight NZ9 would now operate as NZ6889,
leaving Honolulu at 2.10pm local time and arriving in
Auckland at 9.30pm today.
The airline said it was doing everything possible to get
passengers with domestic or international connections to
their final destination as soon as possible. No fees would be
charged for passengers who needed to change their onward
Passenger Phil Wardale said communication from the airline
had been "ordinary".
"Whilst Air NZ has our contact details, all of us have
received no text nor emails even though they had us write
them down last night again."
He said passengers had been talking about their unhappiness
that yesterday Air NZ took them from their hotel to the
airport where they checked in and waited to board the plane,
only to find out the repair on the part hadn't worked.
He said he thought Air NZ should have ensured the repair had
worked before checking all the passengers and having them
wait at the airport, rather than at the hotel.