Air New Zealand's last remaining Boeing 767-200 jet takes its final flight for the airline after almost 20 years of service on Sunday, 6 March.
The aircraft (registration number ZK-NBA) was delivered to Air New Zealand from the Boeing manufacturing plant in Seattle in September 1985.
Since then the aircraft has performed almost 24,000 landings and takeoffs, clocked up 74,000 flight hours and flown almost 35 million miles.
The aircraft was the first of its type to be delivered to New Zealand and was greeted on arrival by VIP guests and a Maori welcome party. Its final scheduled service will also be a formal occasion, with a traditional water canon salute from Auckland International Airport's fire appliances.
Air New Zealand's Group General Manager Airlines, Rob Fyfe, says the departure of NBA from the international fleet will be a significant moment for the airline.
"This provides a great sense of history repeating itself, as we prepare for the introduction of the new Boeing 777s from October this year.
"The combination of these new aircraft, our refitted 747s and new in-flight product will firmly cement Air New Zealand among the world's leading long-haul airlines."
The last service operated by NBA will be an Auckland - Sydney return flight on Sunday, departing Auckland at 3.30 pm and back into Auckland at 11.30 pm.
In recent years, the aircraft has been operated mainly from Auckland to Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney as well as Apia.
NBA will be replaced by a combination of B767-300 and A320 aircraft on those sectors.
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