This is pretty awesome…
Air New Zealand “draws” a kiwi bird in the sky
Today (Saturday, May 15, 2021), an Air New Zealand Boeing 787-9 flew for roughly 2hr42min to “draw” a kiwi in the sky, as that’s the national bird of New Zealand.
The roughly seven year old 787 operating the route had the registration code ZK-NZE, and the flight operated with the flight number NZ4376. The flight both took off and landed in Christchurch.
An Air New Zealand 787 drew a kiwi in the sky
Over the years we’ve seen planes draw all kinds of things in the sky. For example, EL AL drew a 747 in the sky for its last 747 flight, Qantas drew a kangaroo in the sky for its last 747 flight, Virgin Atlantic drew a heart in the sky for Valentine’s Day, Russian pilots drew a phallic image in the sky in solidarity (or something), and more.
I have to say that drawing a kiwi in the sky has to be one of more the exciting shapes we’ve seen due to the turns, especially around the beak and toes.
This flight was operated for Koru Care
While it’s cool to see something like this drawn in the sky, understandably you might be wondering “why?” Well, this flight was operated for Koru Care, which is a charity that Air New Zealand is involved with. This is an organization that creates special experiences for “Kiwi kids who need them the most,” who have disabilities and illnesses.
The organization plans all kinds of special travel for kids — in some cases Koru Care offers free trips to either Australia or the United States for these children, and on top of that they organize an annual Koru Care flight, which is what this was. There were a total of 50 kids on this flight, along with the special people in their lives, and it was intended to be the flight of a lifetime.
What a fantastic cause, and what a cool flight this must have been.
Air New Zealand Boeing 787-9
An Air New Zealand Boeing 787 “drew” a kiwi in the sky as part of a special Koru Care flight, for children with disabilities and illnesses. These flights are operated annually to give deserving kids the flight of a lifetime, and in this case they got an especially awesome experience.