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New Zealand PM Flew To China With 2 Air Force Planes

New Zealand Prime Minister Chris Hipkins took two air force jets with him on a trip to China in case the one he was traveling in broke down.

Hipkins flew to Beijing on Sunday in a Royal New Zealand Air Force Boeing 757, leading a delegation of company executives in the hope of expanding trade with his nation’s biggest export market. A second 757 accompanied the first as far as Manila in the Philippines, acting as a backup in case of any mechanical problems, the Prime Minister’s office said Monday in Wellington.

“If we’ve got a climate emergency it doesn’t make a lot of sense to have a second 30-year-old 757 trailing the other one,” Christopher Luxon, leader of the main opposition National Party, told NewstalkZB.

David Seymour, leader of the libertarian ACT Party, claimed the amount of CO2 emitted by the extra plane “would be the equivalent of someone driving a Ford Ranger 606 times the length of New Zealand.”

“Some people might bring a spare phone charger with them while traveling overseas in case they lose one or it breaks. Chris Hipkins needs to bring a spare Boeing aircraft with him,” said Seymour. “New Zealand’s out-of-date air fleet is becoming a source of national embarrassment.”

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