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The Boeing 787-9, VH ZND msn 63390, departs Perth on 18 October bound for London to repatriate Australians. On its return, citizens quarantined at the Howard Springs facility in Darwin. Credit: Richard Kreider
REPATRIATIONS

An Air New Zealand repatriation flight took Tongan citizens stranded since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic home from Auckland on 4 August. The 787-9 Dreamliner, ZK-NZI msn 37965, arrived at Fua‘amotu International Airport just before 1:30pm local time. The airline said it was the first flight it has laid on between the two countries since border restrictions were introduced. 

Vietnamese airline Bamboo Airways landed its first direct flight to Australia on 6 September ahead of a regular service launching next year. The 787-9 Dreamliner, VN-A818 msn 62735, departed Hanoi as QH9088 at 7:39pm and landed the next morning in Melbourne at 7:57am. Shortly after, it departed on a 10-hour repatriation flight back to Vietnam with nearly 300 Vietnamese citizens on-board, who had been studying or working in Australia. 

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