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Air New Zealand operates its last regularly-scheduled Boeing 737 flight, will operate a farewell tour


Air New Zealand 737-NGI (08-rev 96)(Grd) AKL (CH)(LRW)

Air New Zealand (Auckland) as planned, today (September 6) operated its last regularly-scheduled Boeing 737 revenue flight as flight NZ 557 between Auckland and Christchurch. The last regular flight was operated with Boeing 737-319 ZK-NGI (msn 25608) (above).

However Air New Zealand will operate the aircraft on a Farewell Tour around New Zealand from September 8 through September 21 under the following schedule:

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September 8 CHC-IVC ETD 0700 ETA 0800 ANZ 1737
IVC-DUD ETD 1530 ETA 1600 ANZ 1737

September 9 DUD-CHC ETD 1530 ETA 1615 ANZ 1737

September 12 CHC-CHC 6 times ANZ 1731 through ANZ 1736

September 13 CHC-CHC 6 times ANZ 1731 through ANZ 1736

September 14 CHC-WLG ETD 1815 ETA 1900 ANZ 1737

September 15 WLG-WLG 3 times
WLG-NPE ETD 1515 ETA 1600 ANZ 1737

September 16 NPE-TRG ETD 1515 ETA 1600 ANZ 1737

September 17 TRG-AKL ETD 1530 ETA 1600 ANZ 1737

September 19 AKL-AKL 6 times

September 20 AKL-AKL 6 times

September 21 AKL-CHC ETD 1000 ETA 1120 ANZ 6201

As previously reported, Air New Zealand and its associated companies have been a Boeing 737 operator since 1968. National Airways (New Zealand National Airways Corporation) (NAC) (Wellington) took delivery of Boeing 737-219 ZK-NAC (msn 19929) on August 29, 1968, followed by ZK-NAD (msn 19930) on September 11, 1968 and ZK-NAE (msn 19931) on October 5, 1968. NAC was taken over and merged into Air New Zealand on April 1, 1978. At that time ANZ became a Boeing 737 operator.

Top Copyright Photo: Colin Hunter/AirlinersGallery.com. Air New Zealand Boeing 737-3K2 ZK-NGI taxies at a cloudy Auckland.

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Thank you to Colin Hunter for the above information from New Zealand.

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Virgin Australia celebrates 10 years of international flying, announces new codeshares

Virgin Australia Airlines (Brisbane) today celebrated 10 years of international flights, announcing eight new international codeshare services.

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The airline’s first international flight, DJ 007 departed from Christchurch, New Zealand at 11 am on January 29, 2004 for Brisbane, Australia.

Virgin Australia Original 2004 International Crew (Virgin Australia)(LR)

Copyright Photo: Virgin Australia. The cockpit crew of the original flight DJ 007.

Since then, the airline has grown from offering one international destination to offering over 400 destinations worldwide. Virgin Australia operates to 16 destinations internationally and through its strategic alliance partners, offers 386 codeshare and interline destinations across the world.

The eight new international codeshare services include Seattle/Tacoma and Boston with Delta Air Lines, Zurich, Minsk, Medina and Rome with Etihad Airways and Athens and Brunei with Singapore Airlines.

Copyright Photo: John Adlard/AirlinersGallery.com (all others by Virgin Australia). Airbus A330-243 VH-XFB (msn 372) departs the runway at Sydney.

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Air Pacific becomes Fiji Airways today

Air Pacific (2nd) (Nadi, Fiji) today (June 27) as planned, became Fiji Airways (2nd), completing its rebranding.

On June 5 the flag carrier issued this statement:

Air Pacific announced it will change its name and start trading as Fiji Airways on Thursday June 27.

Returning to its 1958 name, the switch-over marks another important milestone in the airline’s turnaround. Customers have already been able to experience a “sneak peak” of our new A330 aircraft with their new state of the art features. June 27 represents the official launch of the Fiji Airways brand with a number of further new brand elements rolled out across Fiji and the international marketplace on this date.

“The official changeover date marks the official end of Air Pacific and the beginning of Fiji Airways. It is exciting that after a 15-month journey, we can now be known as ‘Fiji Airways’ across the globe. The changeover represents an exciting future for the airline that is rooted in our more than 60-year history and service to the people of Fiji”, said Aubrey Swift, the airline’s Acting CEO.

“At the heart of our airline’s new name and brand is the Fiji Airways’ brandmark, a striking new Masi design, created by celebrated local Fijian Masi artist, Makereta Matemosi. The brandmark symbolises the airline’s new identity and epitomises all that Fiji Airways represents. It is authentic, distinctive, and true to the airline’s Fijian roots. Fiji Airways will continue to be the country’s flying ambassador to the world, bringing the renowned Fijian hospitality to people across the globe.”

The changeover underscores the success of the airline’s turnaround plan, which started in 2010 and has culminated in reversing record losses and significantly growing passengers and revenue without increasing the size of the carrier’s fleet.

Schedule, product and service enhancements will be rolled out through the rest of 2013, along with the delivery of the third Fiji Airways A330 (and the retirement of the 747s). Thus, by the end of the year, the turnaround and brand transition will be complete.

Top Copyright Photo: John Adlard/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8X2 WL DQ-FJG (msn 29968) is seen at Sydney in the new look.

Fiji Airways: AG Slide Show

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Graham Weatherby. Boeing 737-7X2 DQ-FJF (msn 28878), repainted in the new livery of Fiji Airways, departs from a wintry Christchurch, New Zealand.

Fiji Airways (2nd) 737-700 WL DQ-FJF (13)(Tko) CHC (GWB)(LRW)

Webjet acquires 737-3U3 ZK-FRE as PR-WJQ

Copyright Photo: Graham Weatherby. Boeing 737-3U3 ZK-FRE (msn 28742) climbs away from Christchurch in full Webjet colors on a test flight. It will become PR-WJQ.

Webjet Linhas Aereas (Rio de Janeiro) is getting ready to add ex-Air New Zealand.Freedom Air Boeing 737-3U3 ZK-FRE (msn 28742).