All supplies of aviation fuel to Auckland Airport have been cut off, after a digger trying to extract kauri tree logs cut an oil pipeline on Thursday. The pipe, which provides Jet A1 to the Airport has since cancelled over 30 International and Domestic flights with more to come. Airlines have been advised to bring extra reserve fuel, in order so they can refuel at other airports. To kick off the diversions into Sydney as a result of the burst pipe was Air China's B-5191, a 787-9 which is a first visit to the country, for the aircraft operated by CA. We can expect to see other diversions over the next 10-14 days whilst they are working on restoring the fuel supply.
United States Air Force recently deployed C-5M Super Galaxy 87-0032 to Rockhampton to pick up some military vessels from Exercise Talisman Saber. The C-5 however experienced some Hydraulic issues with the front nose gear which forced it to ferry down to RAAF Base Richmond where it will await parts from the weekly USAF C-17 flight. The C-5 is expected to stay in Richmond for most of this week and head back up to Rockhampton before continuing on to Travis Air Base in the United States. It has been almost 6 years since the last C-5 Galaxy was in Richmond. The last being USAF C-5B 87-0034 which arrived in November of 2011.
Korean Air have become to first operators to showcase the newer stretched version of the Boeing 747 in Sydney and Australia. KE121 touched down on Runway 34L a little after 6am and departed roughly 2 and half hours later. HL7642 had the honors of the inaugural service which will operate daily up until October 25 where the 747-8i will be replaced with the Airbus A380 which has been operating seasonal services to Sydney the last 2 years in replacement of the older 747-400. This however is not the first visit of the newer 747-8, Cathay Pacific Cargo have been operating regular twice weekly freight runs into Sydney with the slightly smaller 747-8F since 2012 with freight charters from Atlas Air and Polar Air also operating one off services of the 747-8F. The 747-8 Intercontinental is the worlds longest airliner stretching to 76 meters long and was Boeings responce to the Airbus A380 'Superjumbo' which surpassed the 747 as the biggest airliner in the sky. Korean Air have recently taken delivery of what could be the final 747-8i with the US Air Force still expected to take delivery of two 747-8i set to be the replacements of Air Force One.