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End of an Era

AIR NEW Zealand has operated its final scheduled passenger service using the Boeing 747. The type is giving way to the next generation of long-haul airliners including the 777-300ER and 787-9 Dreamliner. The last rotation, flown by ZK-NBV (c/n 26910) Christchurch, made its final touchdown on September 12, following a flight from San Francisco to Auckland. This marked the end of the carrier’s 35-year association with the Jumbo Jet, which began with the delivery of the first of five 747-219Bs, ZK-NZV (c/n 22722), on May 22, 1981. The aircraft was immediately introduced on the carrier’s trans-Pacific services linking Auckland to Los Angeles, California nonstop. The -219Bs were eventually replaced by a fleet of eight 379-seat -419s, the first of which, ZK-NBS (c/n 24386), was delivered on December 14, 1989. It was immediately leased to Cathay Pacific Airways for a 14-month period before being returned to New Zealand’s national carrier. The final aircraft has been put into temporary storage following its final flight while its future is decided.

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In the November issue of Airliner World, we profile Australia’s leading domestic airline and flag carrier subsidiary QantasLink. We also report on Latvian carrier airBaltic’s recent turnaround, welcome the arrival of Qatar Airways’ first Airbus A380 and examine whether global airline alliances are here to stay, or are they being put under pressure by new models of inter-carrier co-operation This issue celebrates some major landmarks; we join US Airways for the final flights of its iconic Boeing 737 Classics and we fly on the last Cyprus Airways service from London/Heathrow to Larnaca. Maintaining our historical theme, we have part 1 of the United/Continental Airlines story, and we fly Pam Am International Flight Academy’s full-motion Boeing 707 simulator, the last device of its kind in existence. The latest issue incorporates our comprehensive coverage of worldwide news, including Garuda Indonesia’s new services from London to Jakarta, the Boeing 737 MAX 200 launch and the official opening of Jet2.com’s multi-million pound training facility, plus all of our regular sections covering the latest commercial aircraft acquisitions, up-to-date accident reports and developments from the world of aviation training.
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