That aircraft is one that is owned by Air New Zealand and on lease to XL Airways for the past two years.

The aircraft was being flown by XL Airways to Frankfurt where it was due to be handed back to Air New Zealand for a ferry flight back to New Zealand.

Sadly, we have been notified that four Air New Zealand employees may have been on board the aircraft as passengers on this ferry flight to Frankfurt.

Naturally, this is an extremely difficult time for us all and I can assure that the full resources of the airline are being put into investigating what may have happened and providing support to our people and their families.

Rob Fyfe


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