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Air NZ gets last 747-400 ready for new owners

written by australianaviation.com.au | September 24, 2014
Air New Zealand Boeing 747 ZK-NBV at Auckland Airport on Sept 20 2014. (Mike Millett)
Air New Zealand Boeing 747 ZK-NBV at Auckland Airport on Sept 20 2014. (Mike Millett)

Air New Zealand’s last Boeing 747-400 is sporting a very different look as the airline prepares the aircraft for new owners.

The aircraft, registration ZK-NBV, ended active service with Air NZ on September 12, with the last flight NZ7 from San Francisco to Auckland.

Since then, it has been in the Air NZ hangar being prepared for as-yet-unidentified new owners, where the aircraft was expected to resume passenger revenue service.

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Air NZ has been the sole operator of the aircraft, named Christchurch, since it was delivered in October 1998.

Air New Zealand Boeing 747 ZK-NBV at Auckland Airport on September 13. (Mike Millett)
ZK-NBV on September 13 at Auckland Airport, the day after its final Air NZ flight. (Mike Millett)

 

Air NZ Boeing 747-400 ZK-NBV sporting the Middle Earth Billboard in November 2002. (Mike Millett)
Air NZ Boeing 747-400 ZK-NBV sporting the Middle Earth Billboard in November 2002. (Mike Millett)

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8 Comments

  • roger tribe

    says:

    im pleased that the air newzealand have upgraded there fleet.
    forward thinking, go for it .

  • roger tribe

    says:

    WHO DARES WINS

  • Greg

    says:

    It would be interesting to know where it is going. It seems that 747-400s being retired from QF, CX, BA fleets are all going to storage and scrapping. This one is a lot younger, so maybe that helps to find a buyer.

  • Rob Henderson

    says:

    Speculation is Virgin Atlantic may be the new owners

  • Ron Walmsley

    says:

    If does end up going to Virgin Atlantic it will not be the first 747 the pick up from Air New Zealand as the purchased a couple of -200 when Air New Zealand retired them but i very much doubt it will be them.

  • David

    says:

    QANTAS–Take the hint !!!

  • Nick Parkinson

    says:

    Does anyone know how many hours on the airframe?

  • Mike Prendergast

    says:

    Recently read that G.E have purchsed her for use as an engine ‘Test Bed’.

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