There were two planes that arrived that day to take 169 passengers back to Christchurch. We opted to fly on the Australian Airbus over the C-17 as we'd never flown on it before and it was a much more comfortable ride.
Here we are on the airbus in our first class seats. There were only 28 first class seats for the 69 people on our flight, but since we work in the department that handles the passengers and cargo we got seats in the first row.
Not only were we thrilled with all the leg room we had on this flight, but it was also a treat to have windows. There was a lot of cloud cover during most of the flight, but here are two shots of the mountain tops peeking through the clouds.