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Withdrawn from use and placed in open storage at Christchurch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Withdrawn from service - October 18, 2002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.)