Fyfe said despite all those in the flight operations team working hard last week to maintain safe operations "behind the scenes however we were constantly battling a series of malicious rumours that emerged from the Australian market and fed to media, suggesting that Air New Zealand had six aircraft in the hangar with ash damage, an aircraft grounded in Australia with ash damage and an aircraft requiring a nose cone replacement as a result of ash damage''.read the full story from stuff.co.nz HERE
Meanwhile Qantas have denied any part in the rumours
Asked if the Australian boss had referred to Air New Zealand and Virgin airlines having issues, Qantas said Joyce ''never said that''.Read the story from stuff.co.nz HERE
''No-one at Qantas, including Alan Joyce, has said or implied at any point that other airlines are operating unsafely. We have simply stated our policy and noted that other airlines have their own processes,'' an Australian-based Qantas spokesperson said.