A Lufthansa A380 performed a flyover as it departed Auckland earlier today, delighting onlookers and serving as a fitting thanks to Kiwis for all their help.
Lufthansa, which prior to this point has never flown to New Zealand, has had a busy week. Acting on behalf of the German government, Lufthansa has sent to 10 aircraft to New Zealand alone to repatriate German, SWISS, and Austrian citizens.
So far away! Thousands of tourists are literally stranded on the other end of the world. This week alone, Lufthansa is sending 10 aircraft to New Zealand on behalf of @AuswaertigesAmt . A matter of honor for all volunteers. We bring you back home safely. #WeAreInThisTogether pic.twitter.com/JACw6Bl13k
— Lufthansa (@lufthansa) April 8, 2020
They are on their way home, nice touch with the fly over Auckland.. pic.twitter.com/ssdyFpLdUT
— sargagram (@Sargeoleary) April 9, 2020
Today was the last flight, which took off from Auckland this morning using an A380. As it departed, the aircraft performed a low pass, known as a flyover, over Waitemata Harbour. Auckalnders were delighted, with many taking to social media to praise the gesture from Lufthansa.
— Gabe Graham (@GabeGraham) April 9, 2020
Scott Tasker, Auckland Airport’s General Manager, called the flyover was a “wonderful tribute to the many Kiwis who had helped stranded German travellers trying to get home”.
Living near Pasadena in California, I experience flyovers every New Year’s Day during the Rose Parade. I mention that only to note how exhilarating they are…I can just picture that A380 doing a low pass over Auckland. The flight headed to Bangkok, where it refueled, and is now enroute to Frankfurt.
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