Malaysia Airlines confuses Auckland for Christchurch

Malaysia Airlines' social media did the carrier no favours on Tuesday evening, confusing two New Zealand cities.
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Malaysia Airlines' social media did the carrier no favours on Tuesday evening, confusing two New Zealand cities.

Malaysia Airlines - or at least its social media operator - has got its New Zealand geography mixed up.

The airline's social media account confused Auckland with Christchurch on Tuesday.

"Standing tall above Christchurch is the volcanic Mt. Eden," read a post on the airline's Facebook wall, uploaded with an image of the extinct volcano and a distant Sky Tower on Tuesday evening.

The accompanying picture was of Mt Eden (in Auckland), along with the airline's logo.
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The accompanying picture was of Mt Eden (in Auckland), along with the airline's logo.

"Once a fortified Maori village, the hill is now home to a vibrant suburb that offers some of the finest cultural and natural sights in Christchurch."

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The post has since been removed from the airline's Facebook page.

Followers responded to the gaffe with surprise and sarcasm.

Kean Leong wrote, "Get your geography right. It is Mt Eden, Auckland you are talking about. Please do not fly me to the wrong city."

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