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Why Did Air New Zealand Retire All Of Its B 742s?  
User currently offlineUnited Airline From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 9502 posts, RR: 13
Posted (14 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 3819 times:

I understand that Air New Zealand retired all of its B 747-200s sometime ago. And they were being sold to Virgin Atlantic.

However, they were in good condition. Why did they retire them so early?

How many B 747-200s did they have? What did Air New Zealand replace them with? And where did they fly to prior to their retirement?

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User currently offlineTG992 From New Zealand, joined Jan 2001, 2910 posts, RR: 10
Reply 1, posted (14 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 3788 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.

User currently offlineETA Unknown From Comoros, joined Jun 2001, 2299 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (14 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 3774 times:

There were 5 747-219B's. At one time or another, they flew just about everywhere in the network.

User currently offlineZK-NBT From New Zealand, joined Oct 2000, 5549 posts, RR: 10
Reply 3, posted (14 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 3759 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.

User currently offlineAirsicknessbag From Germany, joined Aug 2000, 4723 posts, RR: 31
Reply 4, posted (14 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 3710 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.

Daniel Smile

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