Air New Zealand showed its true colours today as the latest addition to its fleet was welcomed into the country.
The airline's new A320 airbus touched down at Auckland airport this afternoon carrying some very precious cargo in the form of All Black captain, Richie McCaw.
It has been painted black with a silver fern on the tail in support of the All Black's Rugby World Cup campaign.
The plane, branded ZK-OAB, ended its three day journey from manufacturer Airbus' base in Toulouse, France via Gander (Canada), Denver, Los Angeles and Samoa where McCaw joined the flight.
After touching down, McCaw and the plane's cabin crew were greeted by an official welcome by airline staff including a haka.
The new plane marks a change in the airline's domestic service with Airbus A320s progressively replacing Air New Zealand's existing fleet of Boeing 737-300s.
The larger aircraft will increase capacity on routes that are beginning to face capacity constraints at some airports during peak times.
BACK IN BLACK: Air New Zealand showed its true colours today as the latest addition to its fleet was welcomed into the country