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Why Did Air New Zealand Retire All Of Its B 742s?

Tue Apr 16, 2002 5:22 pm

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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RE: Why Did Air New Zealand Retire All Of Its B 742s?

Tue Apr 16, 2002 5:57 pm

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.
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RE: Why Did Air New Zealand Retire All Of Its B 742s?

Tue Apr 16, 2002 6:13 pm

There were 5 747-219B's. At one time or another, they flew just about everywhere in the network.
 
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RE: Why Did Air New Zealand Retire All Of Its B 742s?

Tue Apr 16, 2002 7:01 pm

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.
 
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RE: Why Did Air New Zealand Retire All Of Its B 742s?

Wed Apr 17, 2002 12:49 am

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.

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