Air New Zealand Flies Boeing 787 In Kiwi-Shaped Pattern

Avgeeks following the flight pattern of Air New Zealand flight NZ4376 on May 15th would have been in…

Air New Zealand Flies Boeing 787 In Kiwi-Shaped Pattern

Avgeeks following the flight pattern of Air New Zealand flight NZ4376 on May 15th would have been in for a treat, as a Boeing 787-9 took a path that traced out a kiwi, the national bird of New Zealand. Considering the actual kiwi bird isn’t capable of flight, this is one of the rare occasions you’ll ‘see’ it in the sky. Let’s look at why the airline conducted this special service.

The flight was operated by a Boeing 787-9 registered as ZK-NZE. This is the airline’s unique all-black Dreamliner. Photo: Masakatsu Ukon via Wikimedia Commons 

A special flight for children

It’s not just planespotters and flight-trackers who enjoyed the flight. Onboard flight NZ4376 were 50 Koru Care kids. Koru Care is a charity that creates “once-in-a-lifetime experiences for Kiwi kids who need them the most,” as the beneficiaries of Koru Care are children with a range of illnesses and disabilities.

Therefore, the special 787-9 flight that took place today, May 15th, was Air Zealand’s way of providing a special experience for some of the children of Koru Care, an organization that was actually started by a team of volunteers from the airline.

“For over 35 years, Air New Zealand and Koru Care have had the privilege of creating once-in-a-lifetime experiences for Kiwi kids who need them the most.

Koru Care is now an official charity with four branches around New Zealand. Each of the four branches are independent and run by teams of dedicated volunteers.”

-Air New Zealand website

Flight details

With our focus on aviation, let’s take a look at the more technical side of the flight.

The special service took off at 12:10 on Saturday, May 15th, from Christchurch Airport (CHC). Returning at 14:52 local time, the flight had a total duration of two hours and 41 minutes, according to data from, and was operated by a Boeing 787-9.

The 787-9 operating this service wasn’t just any regular aircraft from Air New Zealand’s fleet of 14 Dreamliners. Rather, the aircraft was registered ZK-NZE, the airline’s only 787 painted in a special all-black livery. The other 13 jets sport the standard livery with mainly white body and all-black tail.

According to flight data, the aircraft flew at a lower altitude than is normal for cruising. Photo:

Flight data shows that the aircraft climbed to roughly 26,000 feet (7,900 meters) to begin its drawing of the bird. After reaching the “tip of the beak,” it looks like the aircraft descended slightly, to 19,000 feet (5,800 meters), to draw the underside of the kiwi, including the remainder of its beak and two feet.

Air New Zealand’s connection with Koru Care

Air New Zealand says that its link with Koru Care is still strong after 35 years. In addition to flight support, airline employees still volunteer their time to make trips extra special for children. This includes creating homemade costumes, holding a ‘leaving party’ at the Air New Zealand lounge, inflight care, and even traveling with the kids as guardians to allow parents some well-earned time off.

Interested in these special flights where patterns are drawn in the sky? Check out our stories covering Turkey’s National Sovereignty and Children’s Day and Qantas’ 747 farewell flight.

We’d love to hear what you have to say about these special flights! Are they a good idea? Or a waste of jet fuel? Let us know by leaving a comment.

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Italy Reopens For Select Travelers – What Are The Rules?

Italy will be welcoming quarantine-free travel from the European Union, the Schengen area, the United Kingdom, and Israel…

Italy Reopens For Select Travelers – What Are The Rules?

Italy will be welcoming quarantine-free travel from the European Union, the Schengen area, the United Kingdom, and Israel from tomorrow. Moreover, additional nations can enter the country without having to adhere to stringent measures.

Italy is continuing to relax its requirements for travelers arriving into the country. Photo: Getty Images

Testing remains key

Italian Minister of Health Roberto Speranza signed the ordinance for this provision this week. Notably, despite the dropping of quarantine requirements for these nations, presenting a negative molecular or antigenic swab with a negative result upon arrival will remain mandatory. The test needs to be taken 48 hours before entering the country.

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The government adds that restrictive measures against Brazil have been extended until July 30th. 

Wider initiatives

Along with this announcement, authorities shares that they are extending the testing of “COVID-tested flights.” These are in service at the airports of Rome and Milan, and also at Venice and Naples.

“On COVID tested flights, passengers are subjected to a molecular or antigen test before departure and upon arrival at their destination and, if the result is negative, they are authorized to enter and transit in the national territory without the need to comply with the obligations of health surveillance and fiduciary isolation,” the Italian government shared in a statement (translated from Italian).

“Until now, COVID tested flights only covered the route between the United States and Italy but, in the new ordinance, Canada, Japan and the United Arab Emirates.”

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The industry will be keeping a close eye

Delta Air Lines has been one of the operators busy performing these COVID-tested flights. The Atlanta-based carrier flies five times a week from Atlanta to Rome, daily from New York to Milan, and three times a week from New York to Rome. Amid the recent announcements, the airline is expanding its service to Italy this summer.

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Delta will be one of many carriers looking to scale up flights to Italy amid the relaxation of restrictions. Photo: Getty Images

Last summer, Italy became a hotspot for vacationers looking for some sun. For instance, the nation was one of the few easy to access countries from the United Kingdom on the government’s quarantine-free travel list. So, this summer, it looks like it will once again become a favorite once again.

Even though Italy isn’t currently on the UK’s green list, the fact that visitors can enter without having to quarantine is a big bonus. Many of those working from home won’t mind having to quarantine on the return. Furthermore, virus cases are continuing to drop in Italy. Therefore, it won’t be a surprise to see it switch from amber to green in the coming weeks.

Altogether, this week’s update is a huge plus for airlines flying to Italy. Low-cost carriers across Europe will undoubtedly be planning ramp-ups to cities across the country.

What are your thoughts about Italy’s travel update this week? Are you looking to fly to the country this year? Let us know what you think of the announcements in the comment section.

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