QANTAS A380 diversion to Noumea; First A380 landing in New Caledonia

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According to report, a QANTAS Airbus A380 made a diversion to Noumea in New Caledonia on 11AUG10, due to severe weather issues in Sydney. QF012, Los Angeles – Sydney, departed on 09AUG10.

This is the First time ever an Airbus A380 landed in New Caledonia, thus no adequate equipment was available to provide ground service. It is reported that passengers and crews had to stay on board the plane for over 5 hours.

Due to the time of arrival coincides with AirCalin A330 departure, the terminal was at full capacity.

QF012 FLIFO on 09AUG10:

Scheduled QF012 LAX2230 – 0535+2NOU0630+2 – 0830+2SYD
Actual QF012 LAX2249 – 0549+2NOU