Kiwi twist for Air New Zealand's Koru Care flight

A very special Air New Zealand flight departed Christchurch on 15 May carrying 50 Koru Care kids off on a magical journey.

The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner flown by Air New Zealand's Chief Pilot Captain David Morgan took off towards the West Coast at 11:40am, looped up and around to pass over Taranaki and with a few extra turns along the way, then headed back to Christchurch to reveal flight NZ4376's (NZHERO) mystery flight path – a kiwi!

Gathering at the themed Little Heroes Headquarters at Christchurch Airport, the Koru Care kids started their morning with a pre-flight party, having faces painted, posing for superhero portraits and dancing at a silent disco. Cookie Time joined the fun with some sweet treats and to top it off, there was a surprise acoustic performance from Drax Project. The Little Heroes also met some of their real heroes at the pre-flight party, including All Blacks Sam Cane and Joe Moody. 

We worked collaboratively with Koru Care on this special charter flight for kids who aren't usually able to travel offshore due to medical conditions or family situations. And our teams have pulled out all the stops to make this a magical experience for our Little Heroes.

We are offsetting all the carbon emissions from this Koru Care flight and the flights that flew the children to Christchurch, through our FlyNeutral programme.