Boeing to make flying visit

Photo by Ed Turner.
Photo by Ed Turner.

One of the world's largest commercial airliners, normally flown between New Zealand and London, will be making a side trip to Wanaka this Easter.

An Air New Zealand long-range 777-300ER (pictured) will make a flypast of the Warbirds Over Wanaka Airshow on Easter Sunday, event manager Mandy Deans announced yesterday.

"It is a massive aircraft, at nearly 74m long with a 64.80m wingspan, and can carry over 300 passengers. It will be a fantastic sight to see it up close as it passes over our small airport."

The aircraft was one of five purchased new by Air New Zealand, she said.

It was larger than a 747 and had the most powerful jet engines on a commercial aircraft worldwide.

"One engine has more thrust power than the four engines on the very first Boeing 747-100, which flew in 1969."

Triple Sevens, as they are known, generally service Air New Zealand's long-haul route to London via Los Angeles.

Dressed in All Black colours the aircraft will fly over a group of Highlander players, along with All Black Captain Richie McCaw, who are expected at Warbirds Over Wanaka this Easter.

Preparations for the airshow, which begins on Friday, April 6, were progressing well.

Aircraft were practising over the Upper Clutha, construction of stand seating was complete and the airshow village was well under way, Ms Deans said.

 

 

 

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