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Refining NZ is urgently making an attempt to deal with a jet fuel line in rural Northland that has almost grounded the country’s aviation network.

Air New Zealand has taken the extraordinary stage of limiting ticket revenue, including halting revenue of some intercontinental expert services.

The airline has been taking more and more disruptive actions to strike the goal of chopping its fuel uptake from Auckland Airport to 30 per cent of normal.

Mobil Oil, BP and Z Electricity have asked airlines to minimize their fuel consumption to 30 per cent of their normal amount when Refining NZ repairs a damaged pipeline that pipes jet fuel to the airport.

An Air New Zealand 777-200 is flying to Wellington, with only pilots on board. It will then refuel and return to Auckland.

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An Air New Zealand 777-two hundred is flying to Wellington, with only pilots on board. It will then refuel and return to Auckland.

The 168 kilometre pipeline – which carries jet fuel, petrol and diesel directly from the oil refinery at Marsden Position in Northland to tanks in Wiri, south Auckland – has been out of motion since Thursday afternoon immediately after it started leaking, seemingly thanks to destruction from a digger.

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Air NZ also announced that it is cancelling an additional nine international flights to Australia, the Pacific and Vietnam, all of which have been thanks to acquire off on Wednesday.

It is on major of twelve domestic and two intercontinental flights scheduled for Wednesday which experienced previously been cancelled.

“Air New Zealand estimates up to 3000 buyers will be impacted by cancellations tomorrow with about 6000 inconvenienced by unpredicted routine variations,” the corporation said in a assertion.

“Further more disruptions can be envisioned in coming times.”

The pipeline is believed to have been damaged some time ago and has since corroded.

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The pipeline is thought to have been harmed some time ago and has since corroded.

In a bid to help buyers which are experiencing disruption from the cancelled flights, Air New Zealand said it was taking the “unconventional stage of limiting ticket revenue”. 

Income of some intercontinental flights have been stopped entirely, though Air New Zealand did not say which types.

Earlier, Air New Zealand said it was flying very long haul planes to the capital purely to refuel, as the airline struggles to cope with the Auckland jet fuel crisis.


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Jet fuel stays rationed to all airlines this morning, adhering to the rupture in Refining NZ’s fuel pipeline. Thousands of travellers have experienced their flights cancelled or delayed. The Board of Airline Representatives’ executive director Justin Tighe-Umbers tells us the board needs to revisit the issue of the pipeline’s toughness and security at the time it truly is set.

On Tuesday night the airline said in a assertion that a Boeing 777-two hundred would fly to Wellington with only the pilots on board.

It will fill up with fuel, then return to Auckland, in preparations for even more very long haul functions.

In modern times Air New Zealand’s very long haul flights have been acquiring more stopovers, mostly in Nadi in Fiji.


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Jonathan Hill suggests the public can be confident there will not be any sizeable fuel shortages.

Airways have been asked to lower the volume of jet fuel drawn from Auckland Airport to 30 per cent of normal uptake.

On Monday night Air New Zealand said it was not hitting the goal, forcing a lot more flights to be cancelled.

Tuesday’s update displays the complications are broadening, with stopovers in the Pacific depleting supplies there.

Air New Zealand main functions integrity & expectations officer Captain David Morgan said the extra stage was to accommodate declining supplies in the Pacific.

“On that foundation we are switching to a distinct method of procedure whereby Wellington, supplemented by Australia and people Pacific destinations able to assist fuel uplifts, will be used to resource the more fuel necessary to manage scheduled expert services.”

Wellington Airport’s runway is way too brief for very long haul flights, even so some substantial planes can acquire off from the airport if they have restricted hundreds. 


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