ZK-NEA. Boeing 737-130. c/n 19013-2.

 

This aircraft was ordered new by Deutsche Lufthansa AG - ?

Rolled off the Boeing production line at Renton - April 1967

First flown as N2282C - May 13, 1967

Powered by Pratt & Whitney JT8D-7A engines

This was the second Boeing 737 to be constructed and used in the Boeing 737 Certification Program

During early test flying excessive drag was encountered at high cruising speeds

A 'quick fix' modification was applied by reinforcing the rear wing spars on all five development aircraft

F.A.A. type certification was granted - December 1967

Entered onto the German Aircraft Register as D-ABEA - December 1967

Registered to Deutsche Lufthansa AG

Accepted by Lufthansa at Seattle - April 24, 1968

The aircraft was named 'Coburg'

Sold to Far Eastern Air Transport (FEAT) - September 28, 1981

The aircraft was stored at Hamburg due to a ban on the importation of used aircraft into Taiwan

This ban resulted in the cancellation of sale to FEAT

The planned sale of this aircraft to SAVAR Airlines, Venezuela did not eventuate - November 1982

Ferried Hamburg - Miami for storage - ?

Sold to Asian Aviation Services - April 1983

Cancelled from the German Aircraft Register - April 1983

Sold to America West Airlines Inc, Phoenix, Arizona - April 06, 1984

Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N701AW - April 06, 1984

Sold to Ansett Worldwide Aviation Services - December 10, 1986

Withdrawn from service by America West Airlines - February 01, 1987

Returned to service with America West pending its lease to Ansett New Zealand - February 1987

Returned to Ansett Worldwide Aviation Services at the end of the America West lease - May 11, 1987

Leased to Ansett New Zealand

Arrived Christchurch on completion of the ferry flight - May 18, 1987

Entered onto the New Zealand Aircraft Register as ZK-NEA - May 28, 1987

Registered to Billmans Management Ltd

The aircraft was named 'City of Auckland'

Operated the last Ansett New Zealand 737 service - December 28, 1989

The aircraft was stored at Christchurch but not officially withdrawn from service - February 02, 1990

Departed Christchurch on the ferry flight to the United States for storage - March 28, 1991

Cancelled from the New Zealand Aircraft Register - April 03, 1991

Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N701PJ - September 1993

Registered to Transpacific Enterprises Inc, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Sold to Rovair Enterprises Inc - October 05, 1995

Scrapped at Marana - October 1995

 

D-ABEA. Lufthansa - 'Coburg' in the original livery at an unknown airport, March 1980.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4621-975.)

N701AW. America West Airlines - in the standard livery at Miami International Airport, March 1985.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4621-976.)

ZK-NEA. Ansett New Zealand - 'City of Auckland' in the 'Southern Cross' livery at Auckland Airport, March 1988.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4621-977.)

ZK-NEA. Ansett New Zealand - 'City of Auckland' in the 'Southern Cross' livery at Auckland Airport, March 1988.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4621-978.)

ZK-NEA. Ansett New Zealand - in the basic livery at Marana Airport, April 1992.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4620-586.)