ZK-TEA. Lockheed 188C Electra. c/n 2005.


 

First of three aircraft ordered new by Tasman Empire Airways Ltd

Purchase agreement signed at Burbank - August 1958

Signatories: Sir Leonard Isitt (Chairman of Directors, TEAL); F. A. Reeves (General Manager, TEAL) and

J. E. Boyce ( Lockheed Director of Sales, Pacific Area)

First flown as N9724C - October 14, 1959

Handed over to Tasman Empire Airways Ltd - October 15, 1959

Aircraft was named 'Aotearoa IV' (Land of the Long White Cloud)

Leased back to Lockheed for flight testing - October 15, 1959

Arrived Auckland at conclusion of delivery flight - November 19, 1959

Ferry route: Burbank - Honolulu - Nadi - Auckland

Flight crew: Lockheed crew from Burbank to Nadi - unknown

Flight crew: TEAL crew from Nadi to Auckland Captains J. McGrane, D. Keesing, P .F. le Couteur

Entered onto the New Zealand Aircraft Register as ZK-TEA - November 23, 1959

Registered to Tasman Empire Airways Limited, Auckland, New Zealand

Operated first Auckland - Sydney - Auckland service (Captain J. McGrane) - December 01, 1959

Operated first Auckland - Melbourne - Auckland service (Captain J. McGrane) - December 07, 1959

Operated first Sydney - Christchurch - Melbourne service (Captain J. McGrane) - January 25, 1960

Utilised in joint Air New Zealand / Qantas pooled services on Australia - Wellington route - 1970

Sold to California Airmotive - May 27, 1972

Operated final service into Wellington - May 30, 1972

Withdrawn from service at ?

Cancelled from the New Zealand Aircraft Register - June 01, 1972

Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N31231 - ?

Leased to Flamingo Airlines - July to November 1972

Converted to freighter configuration as an L188C(F) - December 1972

Sold to Fred Olsens Flyveselskap A/S - September 11, 1973

Entered onto the Norwegian Aircraft Register as LN-FOI

Cancelled from the United States Aircraft Register - September 24, 1973

Sold to Voksenkollen Hotelkompani and leased back to Fred Olsens - January 04, 1990

Sold to Fred Olsens - September 11, 1991

Withdrawn from use and stored at Baginton, Coventry - August 1997

Sold to World Aviation Services Inc but remained in storage at Baginton - December 1999

Scrapped at Baginton - June 2006

Nose section shipped to Christchurch, New Zealand arriving July 22, 2006

To be displayed at the Ferrymead Musuem?

 


 

ZK-TEA. TEAL Jet Prop - in original livery prior to delivery, October 1959.

ZK-TEA. TEAL Jet Prop - in original livery at Sydney Airport, March 1964.

ZK-TEA. TEAL Air New Zealand - original livery with revised titles at Sydney Airport, November 1965.

ZK-TEA. TEAL Air New Zealand - in the revised livery at Sydney Airport, December 1965.

ZK-TEA. Air New Zealand - in the standard livery at Auckland Airport, date unknown.

ZK-TEA. Air New Zealand - in the standard livery at Sydney Airport, date unknown..

ZK-TEA. Air New Zealand - in the standard livery at Sydney Airport, June 1966.

ZK-TEA. Air New Zealand - in the standard livery at Sydney Airport, July 1968.
ZK-TEA. Air New Zealand - in the standard livery at Sydney Airport, August 1969.

ZK-TEA. Air New Zealand Qantas - in the final livery at Sydney Airport, August 1971.

N31231. Flamingo - in the standard livery, location unknown, August 1972.

N31231. Flamingo - in the standard livery, location unknown, September 1972.

LN-FOI. Fred Olsen - in the original livery, location unknown, June 1979.

LN-FOI. Fred Olsen - in the original livery, location and date unknown.

LN-FOI. Fred Olsen - in the revised livery at unknown airport, February 1992.

LN-FOI. Fred Olsen - in the revised livery at unknown airport, June 1992.

LN-FOI. Fred Olsen - in the revised livery, location and date unknown.

LN-FOI. Fred Olsen - in the revised livery at Stuttgart Airport, March 1995.
 

 

LN-FOI. Fred Olsen - in the revised livery at Amsterdam Airport, March 1995.