It was a fitting mark of respect for arguably the greatest rugby union side ever.
As the New Zealand squad have been psyching out opponents for the last two months during the Rugby World Cup with their traditional haka, but when they returned home to Auckland clutching the William Webb Ellis trophy, they found themselves on an unfamiliar side of the war dance -- the receiving side.
Staff as Auckland airport greeted the jet-black New Zealand plane as it touched down on the tarmac, roaring into a full-blown rendition of the haka on the wet concrete.
It's one of the better and more passionate hakas we've seen, and we've seen a lot.
NZ captain Richie McCaw seemed pretty happy about things.
While in other airline-related news, QANTAS staff were forced to suffer the ultimate shame -- losing a bet over the result of the final, the Australians donned New Zealand jerseys for the day.
So yeah, congrats to the All Blacks. We'll see you in four years.Suggest a correction