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Registration mistake turned back New Zealand flight to China

13 February, 2019, 07:13 | Author: Lucille Rivera
  • An Air New Zealand Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner plane taxis at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago Illinois on Nov 30 2018

Some airlines, including American Airlines Group Inc., Delta Air Lines Inc., United Continental Holdings Inc., Hawaiian Holdings Inc., Qantas Airways Ltd., Air France-KLM and Deutsche Lufthansa AG cooperated with China's wishes on reference to Taiwan before a deadline a year ago.

Earlier on Sunday, Eric Hundman, an assistant professor at New York University Shanghai, who was on the diverted flight, shared the apology message he received from the airline, confirming Ardern's assertion.

Air New Zealand did not immediately respond to further questions on the incident.

"I've just experienced a new level of China Bad: midway through our flight from Auckland to Shanghai, the pilot informs us that Chinese authorities had not given this plane permission to land, so we needed to turn around".

Air New Zealand said that because of a technicality it did not have Chinese regulatory authority to land in China.

Last year, for example, Qantas was pressured into changing the way it described Taiwan from a "country" to a territory' on its website.

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China refuses to have diplomatic ties with governments that recognise Taiwan and has been cracking down on airlines that do so.

An Air New Zealand flight en route to Shanghai turned back and landed at the departing airport on February 9, 2019.

'New Zealand's relationship with China is deteriorating, ' says Simon Bridges.The National Party leader's comments comes as Air NZ flight was denied entry into China on February 10. The source told the news site that the Chinese were "very explicit" about what they wanted the wording to be, but it apparently had yet to be addressed by the time the plane was in the air. "We need to know what has happened here".

"Our relationship with China is a complex relationship and sometimes it will have its challenges", Ardern told TVNZ in an interview. "Is it part of the ongoing deterioration in relations between this NZ Govt & China?"

Ardern is left trotting out the line that this is a scheduling issue, and the only thing keeping her from an official visit is scheduling clashes.

In November, New Zealand's intelligence agency rejected the telecommunication industry's first request to use Chinese telecoms giant Huawei's equipment in its planned 5G mobile network, citing national security concerns. She said the two countries "continued to discuss dates" for a visit sometime in 2019.

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