NZ schedules last 744 service to Australia

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Per airlineroute.net

[h=1]Air New Zealand Schedules Last Boeing 747 Operations to Australia in Sep 2014[/h]by JL
Update at 1900GMT+12 14MAY14

Air New Zealand on 06SEP14 plans one-time Boeing 747-400 operation on Auckland – Sydney route, prior to retirement. This is currently scheduled to be Air New Zealand’s last 747 scheduled service to Sydney, as well as Australia, although this remain subject to change.
NZ103 AKL0900 – 1030SYD 744
NZ104 SYD1230 – 1730AKL 744
NZ’s last 747 service to Brisbane remains unchanged on 13JUL14, while overall final 747 service also remains unchanged on 10SEP14, San Francisco to Auckland.

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That sparks the question of when their first 787-9 revenue flight will be and on what route - although I think I remember seeing that was the AKL-PVG route.

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The trans-Tasman Dreamliner

Air New Zealand’s Boeing 787-9 will make its official debut on October 15th flying between Auckland and Perth, one of the routes its shares with partner Virgin Australia.
Prior to that the next-gen jetliner will also appear on trans-Tasman flights from Auckland to Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane from “sometime in July or August, definitely in September” Morgan says.
“There’s no requirement to do proving flights as part of the certification in New Zealand” he explains, “but we will put the aircraft into service across the Tasman for crew training and also to ensure that the aeroplane is integrated seamlessly into our network”.
“We’re certainly not going to have it sitting around on the ground after the delivery in July!”
Air New Zealand expects to take delivery of two more Boeing 787-9s in September and October, which will be used for daily flights to Shanghai and Tokyo, along with some Tokyo-Christchurch flights.

http://www.ausbt.com.au/air-new-zealand-gears-up-for-boeing-787-9-dreamliner-s-debut
 
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