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AKL/CHC Spotters - 732 Retirement

Wed Dec 12, 2001 9:54 am

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 In the past few years it has gradually been replaced by 737-300.
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RE: AKL/CHC Spotters - 732 Retirement

Wed Dec 12, 2001 10:23 am

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?
 
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RE: AKL/CHC Spotters - 732 Retirement

Wed Dec 12, 2001 11:03 am

no more 733s on order after NGM goes into service....
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RE: AKL/CHC Spotters - 732 Retirement

Wed Dec 12, 2001 1:47 pm

What is the last service to be flown by 732?
 
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RE: AKL/CHC Spotters - 732 Retirement

Wed Dec 12, 2001 8:27 pm

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

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RE: AKL/CHC Spotters - 732 Retirement

Wed Dec 12, 2001 8:30 pm

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.

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RE: AKL/CHC Spotters - 732 Retirement

Wed Dec 12, 2001 8:49 pm

Are there any special celebration flights?

Cheers,

Justin

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