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AKL/CHC Spotters - 732 Retirement  
User currently offlineTG992 From New Zealand, joined Jan 2001, 2910 posts, RR: 10
Posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 1129 times:

Monday marks the end of an era for the Boeing 737-200 aircraft, after 33 years of service in the fleet. This will be the last day of commercial operation for this type of aircraft for Air New Zealand. The last flight leaves Auckland at 8.45am and is due to arrive in Christchurch at 10.05am. On board this flight, there will be some of the original pilots and engineers plus a handful of people wearing cabin crew uniforms associated with the 200 series.

The first 737-200 arrived in September 1968. It was bought by Air New Zealand’s domestic forerunner, National Airways Corporate (NAC), and heralded the beginning of jet travel around New Zealand for Kiwis. The decision to go with the American-manufactured aircraft was certainly a contentious one with the government-owned airline being put under a great deal of pressure to buy the British-made BAC1-11.

In 1992, it rose to the limelight again, when it had to be fitted with hush-kits in order to comply with noise by-laws introduced by city councils in Wellington and Queenstown.

The 737-200 has been the mainstay of the airline’s domestic service on trunk routes, with the company having about 11 in its fleet at any one time. In the past few years it has gradually been replaced by 737-300.


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User currently offlineKiwi dave From New Zealand, joined Aug 2000, 895 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1108 times:

I'm not a huge fan of the 732 but I will miss those things as they make good photos.

How many 733 are there in service now and how many more to come?


User currently offlineAerorobnz From Rwanda, joined Feb 2001, 7275 posts, RR: 13
Reply 2, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1103 times:

no more 733s on order after NGM goes into service....


User currently offlineKiwi dave From New Zealand, joined Aug 2000, 895 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 1094 times:

What is the last service to be flown by 732?

User currently offlineNZ767 From New Zealand, joined Nov 2001, 1620 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 1085 times:

An airplane that just oozes "character".
Thank God NAC never gave in to the Govt and ordered the BAC1-11. YUKK!!!

Mike


User currently offlineJsc_23 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2001, 223 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 1082 times:

When I first started spotting i didn't really like them that much...prefering the 733's but as I have seen them more often I seem to prefer the 732's over the 733.
I feel the 732's have a nicer shape....like around the cockpit etc.

JSC_23



Be a realist...Remain a dreamer!
User currently offlineSkystar From Australia, joined Jan 2000, 1363 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 1080 times:

Are there any special celebration flights?

Cheers,

Justin


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