TG992 From New Zealand, joined Jan 2001, 2910 posts, RR: 10
Reply 1, posted
Tue Apr 16 2002 10:57:07 UTC (13 years 3 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2829 times:
They retired them so early because they could afford 744s and needed them for the non-stop longhaul ie AKL-LAX.
Because of NZ's reputation for superb maintenance, they also got a great price for the 742s.
ETA Unknown From Comoros, joined Jun 2001, 2104 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted
Tue Apr 16 2002 11:13:09 UTC (13 years 3 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2815 times:
There were 5 747-219B's. At one time or another, they flew just about everywhere in the network.
ZK-NBT From New Zealand, joined Oct 2000, 5399 posts, RR: 11
Reply 3, posted
Tue Apr 16 2002 12:01:25 UTC (13 years 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2800 times:
They were great aircraft and are missed by me anyway.
Right to the end they flew to almost every 747 destination in the network except LHR which was switched to a 744 a little earlier than other 747 destinations.
Airsicknessbag From Germany, joined Aug 2000, 4723 posts, RR: 32
Reply 4, posted
Tue Apr 16 2002 17:49:09 UTC (13 years 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 2751 times:
Airline X got rid of a/c type Y at stage Z because:
- keeping them was more expensive than not keeping them.
- the capacity was not needed any more.
You can add any airline/aircraft/time combination into that pattern.