The video had some people fooled, if only for a few seconds.
The cuts are part of the airline's efforts to survive the coronavirus crisis.
Virgin Australia confirmed it was closing its New Zealand bases last Friday.
"They have given me anguish, stress, and uncertainty."
The Boeing aircraft is said to have had an issue with its de-icing equipment.
"We couldn't have done it without you, Aotearoa."
The United States still lags behind most of the world in terms of travel limitations.
Demand has dropped by 99 percent.
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