Air New Zealand concept flight delayed


Link to TV3 News report.

TV3 reporter Hamish Clark, who is being hosted on the ice as part of Antarctica New Zealand's media programme, connected in live to TV3's 6pm News from outside Scott Base.

Bad weather stopped the first two flights, and the airline said today's landing was postponed for "operational" reasons.  If Air New Zealand can land the 767 on the ice, it will start carrying up to 200 support staff to Scott Base and McMurdo Station.

The US and Kiwi Air Forces regularly fly in and out of Antarctica, and now Air New Zealand is planning on resuming commercial flights to the ice - but first, it needs to carry out a test flight.

"To see Air New Zealand flying down again, to see that koru back down here; it could be something that we could be very proud of," says Antarctica New Zealand operations manager Graeme Ayres. 

C17 flight commander Brent Keenan says there are three things in particular that make it difficult to land on the ice.  "One - just being able to see the runway, because you have got nothing but whiteout; Two - fuel, 'cause there is only one runway to land on, and three - the weather. The weather changes constantly down here."

Watch the full report.