Air New Zealand ends BAe 146 operations

Air New Zealand BAe 146-300 ZK-NZN

BAe 146-300 ZK-NZN, seen here taking off from Christchurch in March, operated Air New Zealand’s last BAe 146 service (Glenn Alderton)

Air New Zealand‘s regional subsidiary, Mount Cook Airline, has retired its last BAe 146. Mount Cook used four former Qantas New Zealand BAe 146-300s on domestic services from Auckland to Queenstown and from Christchurch to Rotorua and Queenstown. Three were retired earlier this year, and flown to Melbourne’s Essendon airport for storage. One, ZK-NZN (msn E3177), remained in service until 15 June. She joined the rest of her former fleetmates on 27 June, ferrying from Christchurch to Essendon via Hobart. She had been scheduled to make the flight a week earlier, but engine problems delayed her.

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