ZK-NZW. Boeing 747-219B. c/n 22723-527.

Was also registered as: G-VBEE; TF-ATN; N723TA;

P4-TSO; VP-BQA.

 

This aircraft was built by the Boeing Company, Everett, Seattle for Air New Zealand

First flown at Everett (Paine Field) - May 22, 1981

Powered by Rolls Royce RB211-524G engines

Entered onto the New Zealand Aircraft Register as ZK-NZW - June 09, 1981

Registered to Air New Zealand Limited, Auckland

Accepted by Air New Zealand at Everett (Paine Field) - June 09, 1981

This was the second Boeing 747 delivered to Air New Zealand

The aircraft was named 'Tainui (big sea)

Departed Everett (Paine Field) on the delivery flight to New Zealand - June 09, 1981

It arrived at Auckland on completion of the delivery flight - June 10, 1981

Flight crew: Capt L. Caldwell

The non-stop flight of 6,214 nm was completed in 14 hours 39 minutes

Operated its first revenue service - June 1981

Operated its final revenue service - 1999

The aircraft was prepared for sale to Virgin Atlantic Airways

During the maintenance process the aircraft underwent a major cabin upgrade

This included new side-wall paneling, new seat covers, carpets and galley upgrading

It was repainted in the Virgin livery at the same time

Cancelled from the New Zealand Aircraft Register - April 06, 1999

Entered onto the British Aircraft Register as G-VBEE (CofR G-VBEE/R1) - April 05, 1999

Registered to Virgin Atlantic Airways, London

The aircraft was handed over to Virgin Atlantic at Auckland - April 06, 1999

It was named 'Honeypie'

Departed Auckland on the ferry flight to the United Kingdom - April 06, 1999

Operated its first Virgin revenue serrvice - ?

Operated its final revenue service - May 2000

Ferried to Manston, Kent for storage - May 14, 2000

Ferried Manston - Hamburg for preparation for sale to Air Atlanta Iceland - December 06, 2001

Ferried Hamburg - Dublin, Ireland - December 18, 2001

Sold to Air Atlanta Iceland - December 20, 2001

Cancelled from the British Aircraft Register - December 21, 2001

Entered onto the Iceland Aircraft Register as TF-ATN - December 21, 2001

Wet-leased to Nigeria Airways - January 01, 2002

It was operated in the basic Virgin silver livery with Nigeria Airways titles and tail logo

The Nigeria Airways titles were removed at Luxembourg - May 2002

Leased to Virgin Atlantic Airways as the registered operator - June 24, 2002

Cancelled from the Iceland Aircraft Register - May 06, 2004

Entered onto the British Aircraft Register as G-VBEE (CofR G-VBEE/R2) - May 06, 2004

Registered to Air Atlanta Europe, London

Leased to Virgin Atlantic Airways as the registered operator

The aircraft had flown a total of 98,414 hours - December 31, 2004

Ferried Luxembourg - London (Gatwick) - February 11, 2005

Cancelled from the British Aircraft Register - February 17, 2005

Entered onto the Aruba Aircraft Register as P4-TSO - February 17, 2005

The intended lease to Midair, Liberia was not taken up

Ferried London (Gatwick) - San Antonio (Texas) - February 21, 2005

Cancelled from the Aruba Aircraft Register - March 18, 2005

Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N723TA - March 18, 2005

Registered to Wells Fargo Bank Northwest NA Trustee, Salt Lake City, Utah

The aircraft was prepared for sale to Transaero, Russia

Ferried San Antonio - London (Gatwick) in the Transaero livery - July 06, 2005

Cancelled from the United States Aircraft Register - July 08, 2005

Entered onto the Bermuda Aircraft Register as VP-BQA - July 08, 2005

Ferried London (Gatwick) - Moscow (Domodedovo) on delivery to Transaero - July 09, 2005

Leassed to Transaero as the registered operator

The aircraft was withdrawn from service and stored at Moscow (Domodedovo) - October 2008

Cancelled from the Bermuda Aircraft Register - ?

The aircraft was broken up at Moscow (Domodedovo) - March 2012

 

 

ZK-NZW. Air New Zealand - 'Tainui' in the standard livery at Auckland Airport, September 1981.

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ZK-NZW. Air New Zealand - 'Tainui' in the standard livery at Auckland Airport, November 1981.

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ZK-NZW. Air New Zealand - 'Tainui' in the standard livery with additional 'London' sticker at Auckland Airport, January 1983.

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ZK-NZW. Air New Zealand - 'Tainui' in the standard livery with additional 'Dallas' sticker at San Francisco Airport, July 1987.

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ZK-NZW. Air New Zealand - 'Tainui' in the standard livery at Frankfurt Airport, June 1990.

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ZK-NZW. Air New Zealand - 'Tainui' in the standard livery at London Gatwick Airport, January 1991.

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ZK-NZW. Air New Zealand - 'Tainui' in the revised livery at Auckland Airport, December 1998.

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G-VBEE. Virgin Atlantic - in the all-silver livery at an unknown airport, May 2002.

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G-VBEE. Virgin Atlantic - 'Honey Pie' in the standard livery at London Gatwick Airport, October 2000.

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TF-ATN. Virgin Atlantic - in the standard livery at London Gatwick Airport, July 2002.

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TF-ATN. Virgin Atlantic - 'Honey Pie' in the standard livery at London Gatwick Airport, August 2003.

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N723TA. Transaero - in the standard livery at London Gatwick Airport, July 06, 2005.

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VP-BQA. Transaero - in the standard livery at the Maldives, March 07, 2007.

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VP-BQA. Transaero - in the standard livery at an unknown airport, August 2008.

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VP-BQA. Transaero - in the standard livery at an unknown airport, date unknown.

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