Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Royal Netherlands Air Force DC10-30

Back in June 2011, Auckland had a rare visit from the Royal Netherlands Air Force. Visiting was one of the Dutch Air Forces DC10-30CF, registration T-255. I am unsure on the reason for the actual visit to Auckland.
This aircraft first flew June 1978 and was delivered to World Airways, registered as N105WA. By 1986  United Airlines was now operating this aircraft in its fleet as N1858UA, with the nose number of 3058.
The Dutch Air Force did conversions on the airframe and then became T-255 in 2004.
On a more personal note with this aircraft and checking my personal records I have now realised that I actually flew on this aircraft twice, when it was operated by United Airlines. I had flown the LAX-ORD, and DEN-LAX sectors with N1858UA.
These photos were taken on the 21st June 2011, departing Auckland.

All credit to MRC Aviation for making these photos possible with the heads up on the departure time..

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Wellington B737 Trip

A few shots from a weekend trip to Wellington from last November.

My ride arriving in from Queenstown

Departing AKL looking north back over Auckland's Western Suburbs

On the final base leg of the flight to Wellington. The Kaikoura Mountain's can be
seen the just above the wing.

Waiting to board NZ460 ZK-NGE for the trip back to AKL

Great View of Wellington.
 Lower Hutt in the distance, Cruise Ship leaving port,
Downtown in top left. Ocean Swell rolling into Lyall Bay by Airport
Leaving port

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Airbus Action in Auckland

Many airlines that service Auckland operate different variants of the Airbus Family. The only Airbus Models that do not service AKL by any of the airlines are the A310 and A319 aircraft.
Emirates will soon have two daily A380's into AKL, one from SYD and the other from MEL.
Air New Zealand's domestic jet services are slowly becoming an all A320 operation as the B737-300 is retired. Here are some photos from a variety of carriers and Airbus variants into AKL.



ZK-OJG Departing RWY 05R

VH-OJI Arriving RWY 23L


EK412 Arriving RWY 23L

Air New Zealand's ZK-OJH Star Alliance Livery

VH-OQA - Auckland Promo Tour Departing AKL RWY 23L

CC-CQE Arriving from SYD as LA800

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Air New Zealand's B767-300

The Boeing 767-300ER is a great aircraft that has serviced Air New Zealand well. Air New Zealand operates a fleet of 5 Boeing 767-300ER with the oldest in the fleet being ZK-NCG, delivered to Air NZ in August 1993, and the youngest being ZK-NCL, delivered in October 1997.

Departing AKL on a Cold wet winters day