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Air NZ - 65 Years Of Trans-Tasman Flying

Mon May 02, 2005 7:51 pm

Last Saturday NZ celebrated 65 years off flying between New Zealand and Australia.

At 6.30am on 30 April 1940, TEAL Empire flying-boat 'Aotearoa' took off from AKLs Waitemata harbour with 10 passengers onboard and 41,000 pieces of mail.

Cruising at 5,000ft and at 147mph, the flying boat touched down on the waters off SYD nine hours later, marking the start of regular international air services and what would become one of the most important and frequently used air routes for New Zealanders.

From its inception, the route proved very popular and within two months services were increased to three return flights fortnightly and in 1944 extended to three return flights each week. In June of that year TEAL celebrated its 1,000th Tasman crossing while in comparison today, the Air New Zealand Group undertakes this number of crossings approximately every 20 days between a variety of New Zealand and Australian cities.

The ₤NZ 28 one-way airfare in 1940 equated to 30 days of wages, with airfares steadily becoming more affordable over the decades. Today, average special fares of around $139 or less equate to less than one day's average wage.

In addition, the 9-10 hour low altitude flight, often amidst significant turbulence, is a far cry from today's 3 hour flight to Sydney and Melbourne.

Air New Zealand Managing Director and CEO Ralph Norris says the anniversary is a significant moment for New Zealand.

65 years ago our national carrier was born when TEAL was registered in WLG, followed just a short few days later with this country's first commercial Tasman flight.

"For a country so far away from the rest of the world air travel opened up a whole new range of possibilities for business people, holiday makers, friends and family. The ability to catch a flight is something we never think twice about but it's important to remember all the work that was done in those early years to establish a regular, sustainable airline for this country."

SOURCE: Air NZ Media Releases

Air New Zealand 65th Anniversary Retrospective

1940 2005

Number of trans-Tasman services a week First Auckland-Sydney service was flown on April 30, 1940 by 'Aotearoa' launching a weekly return service across the Tasman.
Within two months this had been extended to three return flights fortnightly and in 1944 extended to three return flights each week. Between 180-185 return flights per week

Number of trans-Tasman services a year 65 return crossings 9,500 return approx

Number of passengers carried across the Tasman annually

Then
1,461

Now
2.2 million approximately

Cost of a trans-Tasman airfare:

Then
£NZ 28 one way
£NZ50 8 shillings return

Now
As low as NZ$139 one way.
Standard everyday Smart Saver fares $189 one way

Aircraft type flown across the Tasman:

Then:
Short S.30 Empire Class flying boats (Aotearoa and Awarua)

Now:
Airbus A320
Boeing 767-200ER
Boeing 747-400

Number of aircraft in International fleet at that time:

Then:
2

Now:
Airbus A320 - 9
Boeing 767-300ER - 9
Boeing 747-400 – 8
Boeing 737-300 - 1

Flight time AKL-SYD:

Then:
9-10 hours

Now:
3 hours approx

Cruising Speed:

Then
147mph

Now:
Airbus A320 – 850km/h
Boeing 767-300 – 870 km/h
Boeing 747-400 – 920 km/h
Boeing 737-300 – 790 km/h

Cruising Altitude:

Then:
5,000ft

Now:
32,000 - 39,000 ft

Number of passengers:

Then:
19, depending on aircraft weight and weather conditions

Now:
Airbus A320 – 146
Boeing 767-300 – 234
Boeing 747-400 – 392
Boeing 737-300 – 136

Way to go Air NZ

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RE: Air NZ - 65 Years Of Trans-Tasman Flying

Mon May 02, 2005 8:41 pm

Sorry to burst your bubble my Kiwi friend but TEAL isn't Air NZ is it? IIRC, TEAL was part-owned by QANTAS and BOAC at one stage and Air NZ did not come into being until after those airlines had divested themselves of their shareholdings. You don't see BA claiming they have flown the Kangaroo route since the 1930s do you. Don't worry, you'll probably hang on to the Bledisloe Cup this year as well and New Zealand is the most beautiful place I have been to.  Smile
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RE: Air NZ - 65 Years Of Trans-Tasman Flying

Mon May 02, 2005 9:16 pm

The "Air New Zealand" brand has been around since June 1965, but even so, it evolved from TEAL. The name change was coincide with the first TEAL/AirNZ DC-8 delivery.

Quoting OzLAME (Reply 1):
you'll probably hang on to the Bledisloe Cup this year

Of course!  Wink
 
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RE: Air NZ - 65 Years Of Trans-Tasman Flying

Tue May 03, 2005 3:11 am

NZ well done, one great airline, keep on going.

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RE: Air NZ - 65 Years Of Trans-Tasman Flying

Tue May 03, 2005 2:54 pm

Quoting OzLAME (Reply 1):

You havn't burst my bubble Smile. 65 years of Tasman flying and the future of NZ looks very wondeful and bright Smile
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RE: Air NZ - 65 Years Of Trans-Tasman Flying

Wed May 04, 2005 3:39 pm

Quoting OzLAME (Reply 1):
you'll probably hang on to the Bledisloe Cup this year as well

Don't need to tell us things that we already know  Smile
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RE: Air NZ - 65 Years Of Trans-Tasman Flying

Wed May 04, 2005 5:20 pm

Quoting NZ747 (Reply 2):
The "Air New Zealand" brand has been around since June 1965, but even so, it evolved from TEAL.

I accept that, as I am aware that it was only a short time ago that Air NZ ditched the 'TE' designator. I was just stirring you, my cousins across the Tasman.  Smile By the way, who else (if anyone) had a shareholding apart from QANTAS and BOAC? Was it the NZ government (or was it wholly NZ-owned)?
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RE: Air NZ - 65 Years Of Trans-Tasman Flying

Wed May 04, 2005 5:45 pm

The original holdings of TEAL were:
New Zealand Government 20%,
Union Airways NZ 19%,
BOAC 38%
Qantas 23%
Chairman of Directors - Colonel N.S. Falla
Deputy Chairman - A.E. Rudder

The board reported to the Tasman Air Commission, which itself reported to the New Zealand, Australian and British Governments.

The Captain of the first TEAL service referred to in the Air NZ press release was J. W. Burgess.
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RE: Air NZ - 65 Years Of Trans-Tasman Flying

Wed May 04, 2005 5:57 pm

Thanks for that TG992.
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RE: Air NZ - 65 Years Of Trans-Tasman Flying

Wed May 04, 2005 6:06 pm

Looks like TG bet me to it but..


TEAL was first registered on April 26th 1940 an the original share holdings were: The New Zealand Government 20%, Union Airways 19%, BOAC 38% and Qantas 23%.

In 1945, The NZ government took control of Union Airway's 19% share.

In 1954, BOAC split its share with the NZ Government and Qantas (owned by the Australian Government at the time) each having 50%.

In 1961, the NZ govt bought the Qantas share.

Then in 1978, after TEAL changed to Air NZ in 1965, AirNZ merged with NAC.

yada yada yada......

-> Then AirNZ as it is today.
 
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RE: Air NZ - 65 Years Of Trans-Tasman Flying

Wed May 04, 2005 6:13 pm

Quoting NZ747 (Reply 9):
-> Then AirNZ as it is today.

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