Sunday, September 27, 2020

A day for disruptions

Today was a day for weather-related disruptions at Wellington [and in other places]. This was perhaps most evident with a number of Airbus A320/ A321 and ATR-GIE ATR72 go-arounds and diversions.

Now anyone who knows anything about aviation will know that go-arounds are noting to get to excited about [they are a perfectly normal maneuver] also perhaps unusual for many passengers. On occasions where this also results in a diversion, this could be very inconvenient for passengers, but better to be safe.

In what is perhaps today's biggest disruption, an Airbus A320-232, ZK-OXJ [pictured below] departed Wellington, flew to Queeenstown, where it overshot [went around], diverted back to Wellington, had one attempt to land at Wellington, before diverting to Auckland. That would have been a less than fun time for both the passengers and the crew!

It is also the start of school holidays, so it appears that Air New Zealand used a number of Airbus A321 NEOs today which made for some interesting sights as these lovely looking aircraft flew overhead the airfield...

Anyway, on the the photos! All of these aircraft are operated by Air New Zealand. 

The first photo is an Airbus A320-232, ZK-OXJ. You can compare the size of this aircraft to the second and third pictures, which are of Airbus A321-271NX aircraft, registered ZK-NNG and ZK-NNA. You can click on the images for lager sizes.

Airbus A320-232, ZK-OXJ, operated by Air NZ

Airbus A321-271NX, ZK-NNG, operated by Air NZ

Airbus A321-271NX, ZK-NNA, operated by Air NZ

The following are photos of Airbus A321 aircraft after landing at Wellington. The first one is ZK-NNA [pictured above] and the second is ZK-NNG, this time on a subsequent flight, having diverted back to Auckland earlier in the day.

Airbus A321-271NX, ZK-NNA, operated by Air NZ

Airbus A321-271NX, ZK-NNG, operated by Air NZ


Allister said...

The A321neos are actually frequent visitors to WLG since our pandemic lockdowns began. The much rarer visitors the (fewer) A320neos.

Rodney said...

Thanks Allister. It might be that I'm usually not here on weekdays.. ha ha... back to weekends only soon enough though!

Allister said...

Ahem! Those rare A320neos... I have seen three WLG movements so far today. May be more frequent flights with smaller aircraft for school hols.