QANTAS New Zealand takes to the air


BAe 146 operator Ansett New Zealand officially changed its name to Tasman Pacific and began flying as a QANTAS franchise carrier, using the name QANTAS New Zealand. New Zealand’s Prime Minister, Helen Clark, was on hand to meet the arrival of the first flight under the new brand, a Wellington-Auckland BAe 146 service on the morning of Monday 4 September. Two of the airline’s eight BAe 146-300s have already been repainted in QANTAS colors; the rest of the fleet is expected to be repainted by Christmas. The start-up of QANTAS services was marred by flight cancellations resulting from a shortage of pilots.

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