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Air New Zealand Boeing 747-400 Fleet List

Current Air New Zealand Boeing 747-400 Routes

A total of eight Boeing 747-400 aircraft have served in the Air New Zealand fleet with five of these being aircraft ordered direct from the manufacturer and carrying the Air New Zealand -419 designation and three aircraft arriving on lease.

In 1989 Air New Zealand’s first 747-400 ZK-NBS was delivered to Auckland but left New Zealand the next day on lease to Cathay Pacific where it spent 14 months flying mainly on the Hong Kong - Bangkok - Singapore route. Therefore it was not until November 6 1990 that Air New Zealand operated the type in service, with second aircraft ZK-NBT operating the flight. ZK-NBS joined it in Air New Zealand service on February 11 1991.

Third aircraft ZK-NBU arrived on September 15 1992 and at this time the 747-400s operated 4 x per week on Auckland - Los Angeles - London Gatwick, 2 x per week on Auckland - Los Angeles - Frankfurt and daily on Auckland - Melbourne services.

The initial three aircraft were all fitted with Rolls Royce engines. Subsequent aircraft all had General Electric engines allowing them to be swapped in and out with members of the Boeing 767-300ER fleet.

Three aircraft were taken on long-term lease from ILFC with ZK-SUH arriving in November 1994 and ZK-SUI in April 1995, both of which had seen service with VARIG in Brazil. New build ZK-SUJ followed in October 1998.

Two further directly ordered new build aircraft arrived in the shape of ZK-NBV in October 1998 and ZK-NBW in September 1999. ZK-NBW was fitted with special All Blacks decals for the 1999 Rugby World Cup immediately after its arrival.

A programme to re-fit the aircraft internally began in 2005 into a 46J/23W/309Y configuration. The first aircraft (ZK-SUI) entered service on 19 July with a surprise appearance on the Auckland - Brisbane route. The new configuration saw the removal of First Class with Virgin Atlantic’s herringbone flat bed seats installed as an upgraded Business Class in the nose section, between doors 1 and 2 on the main deck and in the forward portion of the upper deck. Premium Economy was featured for the first time in a 3-2 configuration in the rear section of the upper deck. Subsequently further Premium Economy seats were added either side of the stairs downstairs. Economy was refitted with new seats at the existing 33-34” seat pitch. Personal in-flight entertainment was offered in all classes; marking the first time Air New Zealand had offered this to Economy passengers.

The first refitted aircraft was initially kept on the Auckland - San Francisco route but by 5 November 2005 three aircraft had been fitted and these were allocated to the NZ1/NZ2 Auckland - Los Angeles - London Heathrow service.

The Boeing 747-400s maintained the flagship NZ2/NZ1 Auckland - Los Angeles - London Heathrow link until 31 March 2011 when Boeing 777-300ERs took over.

The first 747-400 left the fleet when ZK-NBS operated its final passenger flight as NZ124 Melbourne - Auckland on 7 January 2009. This aircraft was scheduled to be parted out at Auckland and had engines removed. However it was decided to send the aircraft to Roswell, New Mexico for scrapping and it was therefore re-engined and departed New Zealand on 6 June 2009.

ZK-SUI departed on 17 August 2010 when it operated NZ99 Auckland - Tokyo and then positioned to Xiamen for maintenance. This aircraft passed to ACMI operator Air Atlanta Icelandic and was placed into passenger service with Saudi Arabian Airlines.

ZK-SUJ departed New Zealand on 30 June 2011 for Los Angeles and Tel Aviv where it will be converted to a freighter.


Air New Zealand Boeing 747-400 Liveries

Original Air New Zealand Livery -Obsolete.

Boeing 747-400

Air New Zealand

Air New Zealand Boeing 747-400 Original Livery Air New Zealand Boeing 747-400 Lord of The Rings Livery

Lord of The Rings Livery - Obsolete.

Air New Zealand Boeing 747 Pacific Wave Livery

Pacific Wave Livery.

Air New Zealand Boeing 747-400 Plain White Livery

Plain White Livery.