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Air New Zealand Celebrates 75 Years – Throwback Thursday

Air New Zealand Douglas DC-8 1960

Air New Zealand

Air New Zealand Limited is the national carrier and airline for New Zealand. It was found in 1940 and is based in Auckland International Airport (AKL).  At the time of operations, the IATA airline code was TE.

As of March 2015, the airline operates flights to 25 domestic and 26 international destinations in 15 countries across 4 continents. It joined as a member of StarAlliance in 1999.

Today we celebrate 75 years of this Oceanic airline.

Timeline

1940s

Air New Zealand began as TEAL (Tasman Empire Airways Limited) in 1940, operating  Short Empire flying boats to Tasman routes to cities like Sydney International Airport (SYD) from its base in Auckland after World War II. After the successful launch, additional flights were added weekly to Wellington International Airport (WLG) and Nadi International Airport (NAN) in Fiji.

Air New Zealand Awarua ZK-ANC, TEAL’s second S.30 1940s
Air New Zealand Awarua ZK-ANC, TEAL’s second S.30 1940s – Image taken from Air New Zealand’s website on March 9, 2015 (All Rights Reserved)

1960s

Air New Zealand introduced the Douglas DC-8 to its fleet and began its first Transpacific service to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Honolulu International Airport (HNL).

Air New Zealand Douglas DC-8 1960
John Wheatley – Air New Zealand Douglas DC-8 1960 – Image taken from http://www.airliners.net/photo/Air-New-Zealand/Douglas-DC-8-52/0943982/L/ on March 9, 2015

1970s

The koru inspired logo was first introduced in 1970s. At the end of the decade, Air New Zealand welcomed domestic airline National Airways Corporation and its subsidiary Safe Air  and formed one national carrier.

The airline further acquired wide-body McDonnell Douglas DC-10 airliners, the first of which arrived in 1973. Alongside the DC-10’s introduction came a new koru-inspired logo for the airline, which remains to this day. Fun Fact – at the time of merger, the domestic operations continued used the NZ code and the international side used TE.

Air New Zealand DC-10 1970s
Air New Zealand DC-10 1970s (note the koru logo) – Image taken from Eduard Marmet – http://www.airliners.net/open.file/0117628/L on March 9, 2015 (All Rights Reserved)

1980-2000s

Air New Zealand introduced the mighty Boeing 747 series aircrafts in 1980s and have been using them to fly to new destinations like Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) and London Heathrow Airport (LHR).  At the end of 1990s, all int

Air New Zealand Boeing 747 1980-2000s
Air New Zealand Boeing 747 1980-2000s

2010s

In the 2010s, Air New Zealand embraced the All Black rugby team by using the distinctive All Black livery. It is currently the only airline in the world that flies Auckland (AKL) to Los Angeles (LAX) to London Heathrow (LHR) using a Boeing 777-300 ER.

Air New Zealand - All Black Boeing 777 2010s
Air New Zealand – All Black Boeing 777 2010s – Image taken from www.thedrum.com on March 9, 2015 (All Rights Reserved)

As part of marketing The Hobbit movie, Air New Zealand painted 2 Boeing 777-300s aircrafts in 2012-3 with movie elements on the livery.

Final Call

Air New Zealand has an exhibit at the Te Papa Museum in Wellington until June 2015 to highlight some of its achievements over the past 75 years.

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