ZK-NZY. Boeing 747-219B. (22725-563)

 

 

 

ZK-NZY. Air New Zealand - 'Te Arawa' in the original livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, March 1985.

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ZK-NZY. Air New Zealand - 'Te Arawa' in the original livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, April 10, 1985.

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ZK-NZY. Air New Zealand - 'Te Arawa' in the original livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, April 10, 1985.

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ZK-NZY. Air New Zealand - 'Te Arawa' in the original livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, April 10, 1985.

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ZK-NZY. Air New Zealand - 'Te Arawa' in the original livery at Auckland Airport, April 1990.

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ZK-NZY. Air Pacific - 'Island of Viti Levu' in the standard livery at Nadi Airport, April 1994.

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ZK-NZY. Air Pacific - 'Island of Viti Levu' in the standard livery at Auckland Airport, date unknown.

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ZK-NZY. Air Pacific - 'Island of Viti Levu' in the standard livery at Auckland Airport, March 31, 1995.

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ZK-NZY. Air New Zealand - 'Te Arawa' in the basic Air Pacific livery at Los Angeles Airport, September 1996.

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ZK-NZY. Air New Zealand - 'Te Arawa' in the basic Air Pacific livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, October 1996.

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ZK-NZY. Air New Zealand - 'Te Arawa' in the 'Pacific Wave' livery at Auckland Airport, October 1998.

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Built by The Boeing Company, Everett, Seattle, USA.

10 May 1982

Rolled out at Boeing, Paine Field, Everett.

27 May 1982

First flight with Boeing allocated registration N6005C, Paine Field, Everett.

22 Jun 1982 Entered onto the New Zealand Aircraft Register as ZK-NZY.

 

Registered to Air New Zealand Limited, Auckland, New Zealand.

22 Jun 1982

Accepted by Air New Zealand at Paine Field, Everett
 

This was the 4th Boeing 747-219B delivered to Air New Zealand.

 

Aircraft was named ‘Te Arawa’ (The Path of Time).

Jul 1982

Entered service with Air New Zealand.

01 Aug 1993

Leased to Air Pacific, Fiji as ZK-NZY and named ‘Island of Viti levu’.

 

Painted in full Air Pacific livery for the term of the lease.

02 Aug 1996

Operated last Air Pacific service Nadi - Sydney as FJ914.

 

Withdrawn from use by Air Pacific at Sydney.

03 Aug 1996

Ferried Sydney - Avalon, Victoria and returned to Air New Zealand.

 

The aircraft underwent major post-lease maintenance at Avalon.

 

This included the removal of the Air Pacific titles and logo.

20 Aug 1996

Ferried Avalon - Auckland as NZ6124 on completion of maintenance.

25 Aug 1996

Re-entered service with Air New Zealand in basic Air Pacific basic livery.

  Aircraft had small Air New Zealand titles painted above the forward
  passenger entry door.

Jun 1999

Withdrawn from use by Air New Zealand and stored at Auckland.

 

Aircraft had flown 77,847 hours with 14,434 cycles at this time.

 

In early 2000 the aircraft underwent a major upgrading of the interior

  including new side wall paneling, new seat covers and carpets and a
  general upgrading of the galleys, in preparation for sale to
  Virgin Atlantic Airways, London.

21 Mar 2000

Entered onto the British Aircraft Register as G-VPUF.

 

Certificate of Registration G-VPUF / R1.

22 Mar 2000

Cancelled from the New Zealand Aircraft Register.

 

Handed over to Virgin Atlantic Airways as G-VPUF at Auckland.

  Aircraft was named ‘Highasa Kite’
 

Departed Auckland on delivery flight to Virgin Atlantic Airways.

23 Mar 2000

Arrived at Amsterdam for re-painting into Virgin Atlantic Airways livery.

 

The aircraft was delivered in basic Air New Zealand livery with a plain teal

  colour on the aircraft rudder only.
Apr 2000

Delivered to Virgin Atlantic Airways, London in the full livery.

07 May 2002

Ferried into storage at Mojave, California, USA.

17 Mar 2005

Cancelled from the British Aircraft Register.

21 Mar 2005

Sold to Wells Fargo Bank Northwest, USA.

24 May 2005

Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N705TA.

 

Ferried into further storage at San Antonio, Texas.

  This was in preparation for sale to Transaero, Russia

27 Sep 2006

Cancelled from the United States Aircraft Register.

27 Sep 2006

Entered onto the Russian Aircraft Register as VP-BQC.

01 Oct 2006

Ferried from San Antonio, Texas, to Domodedovo, Russia.

11 Nov 2011

Withdrawn from use by Transaero at Moscow.

02 Dec 2011

Ferried into storage at Griffiss Airpark Airport, Rome, New York, USA.