Published on : Tuesday, May 10, 2016
The Air New Zealand Koru Care flight departed Auckland Airport at midday with 58 children aged between five and 18 on board. Among the children invited for this special day are kids with a range of medical conditions including leukaemia, heart problems and hearing and visual impairments.
The flight headed to the Deep South and carry out flyovers at Dunedin and Invercargill airports, weather permitting, before returning to Auckland in the late afternoon cruising low over the Central Plateau on its way up the country.
Air New Zealand and Koru Care have a long-standing relationship, and have worked together for more than 30 years with Air New Zealand providing more than 100 airfares each year to enable memorable overseas trips for children with serious and often ongoing medical conditions.
Air New Zealand Chief Executive Officer Christopher Luxon – who travelled on the flight – said the airline is extremely proud of its long-standing partnership with Koru Care and wanted to put on a special flight for those children who are unable to travel overseas on other Koru Care trips for various reasons such as their medical condition or family situation.
“We are really excited to take these children on a memorable scenic trip spanning the length of the country and many of them have never been on a plane before. This will be a special day for them,” Mr Luxon says.
The children on the flight was kept well entertained thanks to MC Erin Simpson, loads of goodies and thanks to Sony they will get an extra special treat of an exclusive preview of The Angry Birds Movie which isn’t out in cinemas until Thursday.
Various organisations have helped make the Air New Zealand Koru Care flight possible – including Panasonic Avionics, Global Eagle Entertainment, BP, Auckland Airport, Airways New Zealand, LSG catering, Fonterra, Delish Cupcakes, Pop ‘n’ Good and The Production Company.