A Boeing 777 lands in the capital

Last updated 10:32 17/03/2014
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An All Nippon Airways 777 lands at Wellington Airport.

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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.

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- The Dominion Post

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