Friday, 26 April 2019

Happy Birthday Air New Zealand

Air New Zealand's story began on the 26th April 1940 when its forerunner airline, Tasman Empire Airways Limited (TEAL) was incorporated . TEAL began its first trans-Tasman services with flying boats, and over the years steadily expanded the size and scope of its operations and the extent of its international network. The route network was expanded from Australia and the Pacific to Asia, the USA, the UK and Europe. In October 1953 TEAL became jointly owned by the New Zealand and Australian Governments, and in April 1961 the New Zealand Government assumed full ownership.
In addition to TEAL operating international services, the New Zealand Government established NZ National Airways Corporation (NAC) in 1947. NAC was the primary operator of domestic air services between major centres and provincial cities and towns, and along with TEAL would later form the basis for today's Air New Zealand.
In April 1965 TEAL was renamed Air New Zealand Limited, and continued operating solely international services. 1965 also heralded the beginning of the jet era for Air New Zealand, with the arrival in July of the first DC-8 jet aircraft. The new jets meant that Air New Zealand could expand operations to North America and Asia, becoming a truly international airline.
In 1973, Air New Zealand introduced the larger DC-10 to their fleet. The airline operated with a combined DC-8 and DC-10 fleet until the 1980s, when the larger Boeing 747 began to replace the older jets. 

















Their first 747-200 arrived on the 22nd May 1981 (ZK-NZV CN 22722) and their last Boeing 747-400, affectionately referred to by pilots as "Daddy's Yacht", completed its final flight on the 12th September 2014 landing in Auckland from San Francisco.  ZK-NBV (CN 26910) was that aircraft.


AIR NEW ZEALAND B747-419 ZK-NBV (CN 26910)



AIR NEW ZEALAND B747-419 ZK-NBT (CN 24855)































On the 8th July 2014 ANZ took delivery of their first of 6 state of the art B787-9 Dreamliners (ZK-NZE 34334) The first aircraft was handed over to Air New Zealand at the Everett plant, and arrived in Auckland three days later. The first 787-9 service operated on 9 August 2014, from Auckland to Sydney and return

AIR NEW ZEALAND B787-9 ZK-NZE (CN 34334)

















At the start of June 2014, Air New Zealand announced it would be placing a NZ$1.6 billion order with Airbus for thirteen Airbus A320neo and Airbus A321neo aircraft.  The airline’s first A321neo was unveiled on the 26th September 2018 and arrived in Auckland on the 5th November. The aircraft entered revenue service on the 23rd November 2018, operating between Auckland and Brisbane.

AIR NEW ZEALAND A320-271NEO ZK-NHA (CN 8715)

AIR NEW ZEALAND A321-271NX  ZK-NNA (CN 8496)

AIR NEW ZEALAND A321-271NX (8573)










































Air New Zealand's mainline fleet consists of Boeing aircraft for long-haul flights, and Airbus aircraft for domestic- and short-haul international flights. Its wholly owned subsidies, Mount Cook Airline, Eagle Air and Air Nelson, operate ATR 72 and Bombardier Q300 turboprop aircraft.

AIR NEW ZEALAND BEECH 1900 ZK-EAC (CN UE426)
OPERATED BY EAGLE AIR

AIR NEW ZEALAND DASH 8 Q300 ZK-NEA (CN 611)
AIR NEW ZEALAND ATR 72-212 ZK-MVD (CN 1117)
OPERATED BY MOUNT COOK AIRLINES




AIR NEW ZEALAND A320-232 ZK-OJF (CN 2153)






AIR NEW ZEALAND B767-319 ZK-NCI (CN 26913)

 



















Air New Zealand has had some amazing liveries in the past

AIR NEW ZEALAND B777-319 ZK-OKO (CN 38407)

AIR NEW ZEALAND B777-319 ZK-OKP (CN 39401)

AIR NEW ZEALAND B777-319 ZK-OKQ (CN 40689)










































Air New Zealand's current fleet as of the 1st April 2019 is as below. 


Air New Zealand mainline fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
J P S Y Total
Airbus A320-200 26 168 168 International configuration
171 171 Domestic configuration
Airbus A320neo 3 165 165 Replacing older A320-200s.
Deliveries from 2018.
Airbus A321neo 10  214 214
Boeing 777-200ER 9 26 40 54 192 312
Boeing 777-300ER 8 44 54 60 184 342
Boeing 787-9 13 1 27 33 39 176 275
18 21 42 221 302
Total 63 14