Boeing 777-31HER A6-ECW operating the Sydney – Christchurch leg of EK418 Dubai – Bangkok – Sydney – Christchurch (depart Dubai 22nd December)┬ádiverted to Auckland due to Christchurch airport being closed following an earth tremor. The aircraft was able to continue Auckland – Christchurch after around an hour on the ground and EK419 Christchurch – Sydney – Bangkok – Dubai was able to operate normally.