History of Air New Zealand Essay
(including Tasman Empire Airways Limited/Air New Zealand 1939-1978, New Zealand National
Airways Corporation 1947-1978, and Air New Zealand 1978-on)
issued February 2006
During the months before the New Zealand, United Kingdom and
Australian Governments reached agreement on the constitution of the new company, the Union Steam Ship Company accepted initial responsibility for the three Short S.30 Empire class flying boats which
Union Airways had ordered for the Tasman service, and in August 1939, the incorporation of Tasman Empire Airways Limited (TEAL) - later to become Air New Zealand - was sufficiently advanced for ZK-AMA
"Aotearoa" to fly to New Zealand.
TEAL registered in Wellington as a …show more content…
TEAL took delivery of the first of its Tasman-class flying-boats,
ZKAMB "Tasman". Delivery flight commanded by BOAC Senior Captain
D. Travers from London to Sydney, and TEAL Senior Captain A V Jury from Sydney to Auckland.
First TEAL information and sales office opened in Auckland at
During 1946-47 summer season TEAL was operating seven return flights a week across the Tasman.
New Zealand National Airways Corporation begins licensed operations serving Kaitaia, Kaikohe, Whangarei, Auckland, Tauranga, Gisborne,
Napier, New Plymouth, Palmerston North, Wellington, Blenheim,
Nelson, Christchurch, Dunedin, Invercargill, Westport, Greymouth and
NAC also begins Pacific services to Norfolk Island, Fiji, Tonga, Samoa and the Cook Islands.
NAC offices opened at Hamilton and Rotorua during the year.
NAC services from Wellington are transferred from Rongotai to
Paraparaumu, and at Auckland from Mangere to Whenuapai.
ZK-AMI, a PBY5A Catalina, was used by TEAL for flight training and, later, ZK-AMP joined her. These training flights extended into 1948-49.
TEAL Information and sales office at Mechanics Bay shifted to Airways
House, later to become the airline's new head office.
New NAC offices opened at Auckland, Wellington and Gisborne.
NAC engineering workshops started at Harewood, Whenuapai,