It took the PAX on UA862 SYD
slightly longer than 14 hours to get to their destination oneday in May 2002, the aircraft a 747-400 carrying over 250pax hit severe turbulance over the pacific near Fiji, instead of diverting to Fiji they diverted to Auckland due to AKL
having better emergency facilities.
The next day the pax were told that they were on a different aircraft, as they taxied for takeoff the pilot noticed something not normal in the cockpit and returned to the terminal, some pax noticed that they were on the aircraft due to things being broken. The next day a replacement aircraft was brought in, from what I remember hearing this aircraft managed to breakdown in AKL
aswell leaving pax stranded again so this was now 2 days after they had left SYD
they had got as far as AKL
, think it was the third day when they finally left AKL
on the replacment aircraft that broke down the previous day. I think thast how it went, about a 3 day delay.
I never got to see it but there were 3 UA
744's in AKL
at once, the third one was the usual AKL
service which at the time was still a 744!