A Boeing 777 lands in the capital
It's a big bugger and it has landed at Wellington Airport.
This morning an All Nippon Airways Boeing 777-300ER aircraft touched down in Wellington. The direct flight from Tokyo carried a Japanese business delegation visiting the capital.
While having a wide-body aircraft land here is unusual, it's not unheard of. During the 2011 Rugby World Cup, wide-body aircraft such as the Qantas A330 rumbled into the city.
Wellington Airport wants to extend its runway by 300 metres, which could cost $1 million per metre, so it can accommodate fully laden long-haul flights.
An airport spokesman said while the current runway allowed some long-haul aircraft to land with a commercially viable load, it limited the maximum available take-off weight.
The additional fuel required to reach long-haul destinations means that the number of passengers and cargo are restricted on flights beyond Australia.
There were no details yet on who the delegation will be meeting here.
The Dominion Post