Flight NZ5355 from Wellington to Christchurch landed at CHC at 1845 on the 16th June. The aircraft will now be returned to Melbourne for storage.
This was the aircraft that transported Queen Elizabeth II around the country during her recent visit to New Zealand, and first entered service with Ansett New Zealand in the late 1980s.
The registration ZK-NZN was first applied to an Air New Zealand DC10, which later became N144AA with American Airlines, having also passed through the hands of Malaysian Airlines System, Western Airlines, and Air Pacific in the interim.
Under the ZK-NZN registration with Ansett NZ's initial ownership, the aircraft has appeared in a variety of colourschemes, as you can see below!
Photo © Stefanie Pleschinger
Photo © Glen Reid
Photo © William Mallinson