Published: Tue, February 12, 2019
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Air NZ flight turned back from China

Air NZ flight turned back from China

Air New Zealand flight NZ289 left Auckland on Sunday morning but, four-and-a-half hours into its trip to Shanghai, the Boeing 787-9 made a U-turn in a move that has been described as "very unusual" by aviation experts.

Daily Mail Australia has contacted Air New Zealand for comment. "In this case they were using a temporary plane which wasn't registered, hence the outcome", the prime minister explained.

"Air NZ wishes to sincerely apologise for the return and subsequent retiming of your flight, NZ289".

Ardern said Monday the issue was that all aircraft flying into China need to be registered, and the Air New Zealand plane wasn't.

A screenshot of the tweet from Eric Hundman, an assistant professor at New York University Shanghai.

The rescheduled flight landed in Shanghai on Monday.

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"We know that customers will be deeply disappointed and frustrated by this situation and we are very sorry for the disruption to their travel plans".

Scheduling clashes happen - we all have to postpone sometimes.

Speaking to media, Bridges said the relationship between New Zealand and China appeared to be "steadily deteriorating", with Peters making careless remarks on issues such as the Belt and Road Initiative and Ardern failing to rein him in.

Dismissing such conjectures as "irresponsible", Ardern accused the opposition of spreading "misinformation".

And under Ardern, New Zealand has embraced a warmer relationship with Japan.

"In the past, New Zealand has enjoyed a consensus approach to foreign policy, a unified front".

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"There are challenges there though, our job is to make sure that we always - in all our relationships - represent New Zealand's best interests, and we do that". She said the two countries "continued to discuss dates" for a visit sometime in 2019.

The prime minister asserted that despite complexities in ties, Auckland's relationship remains robust.

Exactly how much the difficulties in the relationship with China can be blamed on the Government is hard to know.

In the decade after New Zealand signed a groundbreaking free trade agreement with China, the world's most populous nation rose to become our largest trading partner.

Back in October, Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis was so excited by the coming China-New Zealand year of tourism that he posted an official statement on the Beehive website. The exhibition runs until April 22, 2019.

When asked to comment on the issue by the news agency, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern denied that it was an indication of strained relations between China and her country, and was instead due to administrative issues.

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