ZK-CWJ. Hawker Siddeley 748-2A-242. c/n 1647-131.
This aircraft was ordered new by Mount Cook Airlines - ?
It was constructed by Hawker Siddeley Aviation Limited, Woodford, Manchester - 1968
Entered onto the New Zealand Aircraft Register as ZK-CWJ - ?
Registered to Mount Cook Airlines, Christchurch, New Zealand
First flown as 'ZK-CWJ' - September 05, 1968
Powered by Rolls Royce Dart 534 engines
It was displayed at the Farnborough Airshow prior to its delivery - September 1968
To avoid confusion of the origins of 'Mount Cook Airlines' the words 'New Zealand' was added
Accepted by Mount Cook Airlines at Woodford - September 1968
Departed England on the ferry flight to New Zealand - September 1968
Arrived Christchurch on completion of the ferry flight - September 26, 1968
The additional titles 'New Zealand' were removed from the cabin roof shortly after its arrival
The aircraft was named 'Aorangi' (a place in the sky)
Registered to The Mount Cook Group Ltd, Christchurch - February 07, 1978
Wet-leased to Polynesian Airlines, Apia, Western Samoa - May 31, 1981
Returned to Mount Cook Airlines on termination of the lease - July 28, 1981
It operated its final revenue service Chatham Islands - Christchurch as NZ5091 - January 20, 1996
Withdrawn from use and placed in open storage at Christchurch
Test flown Christchurch - Christchurch in preparation for pending sale - May 1997
Sold to Clewer Aviation Ltd, England - May 28, 1997
Departed Christchurch on the ferry flight to the United Kingdom - May 29, 1997
Arrived Southend on completion of the ferry flight and stored - June 07, 1997
Cancelled from the New Zealand Aircraft Register - July 30, 1997
Leased to Executive Aerospace (Pty) Ltd, Durban, South Africa - July 30, 1997
Entered onto the South African Aircraft Register as ZS-OCF - July 30, 1997
Registered to Executive Aerospace (Pty) Ltd, Durban, South Africa - August 02, 1997
Departed Southend on the ferry flight to South Africa via Corfu - ?
The aircraft was stripped and converted to an all-freight configuration - March 1998
Leased to Airworld (Pty) Ltd for freighter operations Johannesburg - Bloemfontein - George - May 1998
Repainted with a white cabin roof, grey underside and natural metal engines and wings
Withdrawn from service - October 18, 2002
Departed Johannesburg on the ferry flight to the United Kingdom via Cairo, Malta and Nice - October 18, 2002
Arrived Southend on completion of the ferry flight for storage - ?
Cancelled from the South African Aircraft Register - December 13, 2002
Entered onto the British Aircraft Register as G-ORCP (CofR G-OCRP/1) - January 02, 2003
Registered to Emerald Airways Limited, Leeds
Test flown Southend - Southend as JEM65E - February 18, 2003
Certificate of Airworthiness (CofA) issued - February 19, 2003
The Emerald Airways Air Operators Certificate was suspended - May 04, 2006
The aircraft was withdrawn from service and stored at Coventry
Sold to International Air Parts (Pty) Limited, England - October 16, 2006
Ferried Coventry - Blackpool for storage - November 23, 2006
Registered to PTB (Emerald) Pty Limited, Blackpool (CofR G-OCR/R2) - December 11, 2006
The aircraft was prepared for sale to Bangladesh
Cancelled from the British Aircraft Register - May 04, 2007
Entered onto the Bangladesh Aircraft Register as S2-AEE - May 04, 2007
Registered to Bismillah Airlines, Dhaka, Bangladesh - May 09, 2007
Leased to Best Aviation Limited as the registered operator
Departed Blackpool on the ferry flight to Bangladesh via Marseille - May 28, 2007
The aircraft had flown 58,893 hours with 66,208 cycles at this time
Repossessed by International Air Parts and leased to Bismillah Airlines - June 24, 2009
Withdrawn from use by Bismillah Airlines and stored at Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh - 2009
Current status - ?
ZK-CWJ. New Zealand's Mount Cook Airlines - 'Aorangi' in the original livery at the Farnborough Airshow, September 1968.
(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0748-032.)
ZK-CWJ. Mount Cook Airlines - 'Aorangi' in the original livery at Christchurch Airport, November 11, 1970.
(J. Mounce Collection Copyright Image 0748-058.)
ZK-CWJ. Mount Cook Airline - 'Aorangi' in the standard livery at Christchurch Airport, January 1992.
(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0748-057.)