Air New Zealand Cargo shipped six rally cars from London to Auckland for the WRC Brother Rally New Zealand. A number of the same cars were then returned to the UK on completion of the rally.
Several months of planning by Air New Zealand Cargo and freight agent Delivered-on-Time, under Project Manager, Paul Culver, went into the shipments which were moved on a total of four B777 flights via both Los Angeles and Hong Kong. Among the cars shipped out were the Fiesta RS WRCs of Ford World Rally Team's Finnish duo Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila along with US driver Ken Block and his co-driver Alex Gelsomino (see photos). Support equipment was also carried on all the flights.
It's said that rally drivers love the conditions in New Zealand because of the nature of the roads involved alongside the spectacular scenery.
Finlay McArthur, Regional Cargo Manager UK & Europe for Air New Zealand says: "This is our second movement of rally cars this year and I am pleased to report that the whole project went like clockwork in both directions. Our dedicated teams at either end of the process were able to ensure that the customer's demands were met and the drivers had everything they needed to compete in this exciting round of the championship".