Lufthansa operates repatriation flights to New Zealand

Lufthansa at Frankfurt

Lufthansa operates repatriation flights to New Zealand. The airline had started operating to New Zealand since the end of last month. Its first flight was operated using a B747-400 which arrived from Frankfurt with a stop in Tokyo-Haneda. That was the first time a Lufthansa aircraft landed in Auckland. It is one of the many repatriation flights operated these days.

Lufthansa flies to New Zealand

Lufthansa operates repatriation flights to New Zealand. The first flight departed New Zealand on March 27 and carried around 370 Germans. The aircraft used was a B747-400 registered as D-ABVY.

This was followed by Lufthansa operating another pair of flights to New Zealand. A B747-400 registered as D-ABVP flew as LH9880 to Christchurch with a stop in Bangkok. An A380-800 registered as D-AIMC flew as LH9918 to Auckland with a stop in Bangkok.

Lufthansa is flying two more aircrafts to New Zealand. A B747-400 registered as D-ABUX is flying from Bangkok to Christchurch and an A380-800 registered as D-AIMJ to Auckland.

Lufthansa operates repatriation flights to New Zealand
Lufthansa is operating a B747-400 to Christchurch and an A380-800 to Auckland. Photo: FlightRadar24

Recently New Zealand imposed restrictions on operation of rescue flights which caused delays in operation of these repatriation flights.

Other airlines operating repatriation flights

Lufthansa isn’t the only airline operating repatriation flights from New Zealand. The German government has charted Air New Zealand aircraft to repatriate German citizens. Air New Zealand operated its first flight to Germany on April 3rd in which 342 Germans were repatriated.

Air New Zealand used its B777-300 for repatriation of Germans
Air New Zealand operated its B777-300ER registered as ZK-OKO to Frankfurt via Auckland. Photo: Air New Zealand

Around 12,000 Germans have registered to return home from Auckland and Christchurch. The B777-300ER left at 16:30 local time for Frankfurt with a stop at Vancouver.

“We are delighted to help the German Government to safely bring its people home and our teams have quickly mobilised a schedule with daily flights scheduled through to next Wednesday, and more to come”.

Air New Zealand Chief Operational Integrity and Standards Officer Captain David Morgan said in a statement.

Condor, another German Airline is also operating flights to New Zealand. Its first flight to Christchurch was operated using a B767-300ER from Frankfurt via Phuket. The airline has also setup a base in Phuket to make flight operations easier.

Conclusion

With thousands of Germans stuck in New Zealand, we would be seeing Lufthansa, Condor and Air New Zealand operate flights to Germany in the next few weeks. Lufthansa has been operating hundreds of flights globally since the crisis escalated by flying to places it has never before. New Zealand is one example of it.

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