ZK-NEC. Boeing 737-130. c/n 19016-5.

 

This aircraft was ordered new by Deutsche Lufthansa AG - ?

Rolled off the Boeing production line at Renton - 1967

This was the 5th Boeing 737 constructed by Boeing

First flown as 'D-ABED' - January 20, 1968

Powered by Pratt & Whitney JT8D-7A engines

Entered onto the German Aircraft Register as D-ABED - January 1968

Registered to Deutsche Lufthansa AG

Accepted by Lufthansa at Seattle - February 02, 1968

The aircraft was named 'Flensburg'

Had distinction of operating the world's first 737 commercial service - February 12, 1968

Sold to Far Eastern Air Transport (FEAT) - October 22, 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

Sold to Asian Aviation Services (Taiwan) - November 22, 1982

Cancelled from the German Aircraft Register - ?

Leased to SAVAR (Servicios Aereas Varinas) Caracas, Venezuela - December 1982

Observed at Miami, Florida in the basic Lufthansa livery without titles - December 12, 1982

Entered onto the Venezuelan Aircraft Register as YV-406C - ?

This aircraft was not delivered to SAVAR

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

Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N703AW - April 06, 1984

Sold to Ansett Worldwide Aviation Services - October 1986

The lease to America West Airlines continued

Sub-leased to Challenge Air International Inc, Miami, Florida - December 15, 1986

Returned to A.W.A.S. on termination of the lease - March 20, 1987

Leased to Ansett New Zealand - March 1987

Arrived Christchurch, New Zealand on completion of the ferry flight - April 27, 1987

Entered onto the New Zealand Aircraft Register as ZK-NEC - May 12, 1987

Registered to Billmans Management Ltd

The aircraft was named 'City of Christchurch'

Operated the inaugural Ansett New Zealand 737 service Christchurch - Wellington - July 25, 1987

Withdrawn from service at Christchurch - December 17, 1989

Returned to A.W.A.S. but was placed in storage at Christchurch

Departed Christchurch on the ferry flight to the United States for storage at Tucson, Arizona - May 29, 1991

Cancelled from the New Zealand Aircraft Register - June 20, 1991

Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N703PJ - September 1993

Registered to Transpacific Enterprises Inc, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Sold to Rovair Enterprises Inc, Fort Lauderdale, Florida - October 05, 1995

Sold to Spectrum Aerospace Inc, Tempe, Arizona - October 26, 1995

Registered to Spectrum Aerospace - January 18, 1996

Scrapped at Marana - January 2001

Cancelled from the United States Aircraft Register - January 11, 2001

 

D-ABED. Lufthansa - in the basic livery at Hamburg Airport, February 1982.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4622-009.)

N703AW. America West Airlines - in the standard livery at an unknown airport, January 1986.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4622-117.)

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

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4620-215.)

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

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4622-010.)

ZK-NEC. Ansett New Zealand - 'City of Christchurch' in the 'Southern Cross' livery at Christchurch Airport, January 12, 1991.

(A. Durr Copyright Image 4621-968.)