Cape Town - Air New Zealand's flight crew have performed a haka to farewell the All Blacks as they prepared to wing their way to Japan for the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

The All Blacks are looking for an unprecedented hat-trick of Webb Ellis Cup titles - and a fourth overall - at the tournament which starts in 11 days' time.

The All Blacks, drawn in Pool B, are first in action in what promises to be an epic clash against the Springboks in Yokohama on Saturday, September 21 at 11:45 SA time.

Prior to boarding their flight, the All Blacks were wished well in their endeavours in Japan thanks to a traditional haka send-off.