Air New Zealand draws giant heart in the sky for Koru Care
The flight departed Auckland Airport just after midday, with a guest list that included 50 New Zealand children with critical medical conditions such as cancer and heart disease, and their caregivers.
In a global-first, the airline live streamed the top-secret route in partnership with FlightRadar24 and gradually revealed the heart shaped flight plan during a Facebook Live broadcast, enabling followers on the ground to join in the kids' excitement.
Air New Zealand has supported Koru Care for more than 30 years and donates around 100 airfares every year for overseas holidays for children living with serious medical conditions.
Air New Zealand Chief People Officer Jodie King volunteered on today's flight and says the airline wanted to host a flight for children who have been unable to join Koru Care's international trips due to the nature of their medical condition or personal situation.
"Many of the children had never been on a plane before - let alone a Dreamliner. Today's flight gave these brave Kiwi kids the chance to experience the excitement of flying and our people really pulled out the stops to make it a magical day."
MCs Adam and Eve from The Adam and Eve Show entertained the kids onboard and the children enjoyed a waiata performed by Te Kura Kaupapa Māori ā-Rohe o Māngere school as they boarded the aircraft.
Various organisations helped make the Air New Zealand Koru Care flight possible - including Panasonic Avionics, BP, Auckland Airport, Airways New Zealand, LSG catering, Fonterra, Delish Cupcakes, Urban Gourmet and SkyBus.
Issued by Air New Zealand Public Affairs ph +64 21 747 320
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