After a 22-and-a-half hour delay, the Duke basketball program and its fans are in the air en route to Shanghai.

A replacement aircraft arrived this morning to replace the Boeing-767 that experienced mechanical issues yesterday. The flight took off just after 1 p.m. EST.

Due to the smaller size of the second plane, the passengers will make a refueling stop in Japan in addition to the already-scheduled layover in Alaska. The extra stop is not expected to delay the 16-hour trip any further.

As of the team's departure, no major changes have been made to the travel itinerary. The tour of Zhouzhuang on Wednesday morning will now be optional, and the Friendship Games opener against the Chinese national team will still be played Wednesday night.

The Chronicle will be liveblogging all four contests here in the Blue Zone.

Taylor Doherty contributed reporting.