Air NZ welcomes people on Dreamliner for vaccinations

Source: 1News

While international travel is a distant dream for many of us, 300 Aucklanders had the opportunity to step on board a large Air New Zealand plane today in the name of helping to eventually open New Zealand back up to the world.

Vaccinations on board an Air NZ plane as part of Super Saturday

As part of the Super Saturday vaccination drive, the national carrier is using one of its planes to allow 300 people to be vaccinated at Auckland Airport.

"When this came up a week ago the airline decided to put its thinking cap on - what could we do that was something different?" chief pilot David Morgan told 1News.

"We've appropriated a 787 Dreamliner from the fleet, brought it around here to the maintenance space, and at the end of the day, we're going to facilitate the vaccination of 300 guests." 

The vaccinations took place in business premier class, before they wait in economy, refreshments included. 

People at Air NZ's vaccination event at Auckland Airport

"It's been good fun, fingers crossed we'll be able to get on a plane to go somewhere soon," one person told 1News.

Another said it was a "really cool experience" and she was getting the jab as she was a teacher who wanted to keep her students safe once schools were back open.