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Fog diverts Qantas A380 to Auckland Airport

written by australianaviation.com.au | May 6, 2015

Qantas Airbus A380 VH-OQI at Auckland Airport on May 5 2015. (Andrew Aley)
Qantas Airbus A380 VH-OQI at Auckland Airport on May 5 2015. (Andrew Aley)

Auckland Airport is no stranger to Airbus A380s, given Emirates has three flights a day from Australia with the doubledecker superjumbo and Singapore Airlines also deploys the world’s largest passenger aircraft there on a seasonal basis.

However, the airport received an unexpected visit from an A380 in Qantas colours on Tuesday after the Flying Kangaroo’s QF8 service from Dallas/Fort Worth to Sydney was diverted to Auckland due to weather.

With fog blanketing the Sydney basin on Tuesday morning, Qantas A380 VH-OQI headed to Auckland and touched down a little before 0800 local time.

The aircraft was on the ground for about 90 minutes before taking off for the NSW capital shortly after 0920 for the three-hour leg to Sydney.

Also on Tuesday morning, Qantas A380 VH-OQJ operating QF12 from Los Angeles to Sydney was diverted to Brisbane.

Comments (2)

  • Geoff


    I wonder if the pax had the chance to disembark or had to sit there waiting for Sydney’s weather to clear?

  • Jewbuy


    90 minutes is to refuel, I would think on the Dallas flight QF8 didn’t have the fuel to hold on arrival SYD for Low Viz Ops.

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