Tuesday, 28 January 2020

Air New Zealand ATR 72 ZK-MZC

Warwick Hamilton recently captured Air New Zealand's second to latest ATR 72 ZK-MZC at Tauranga recently:

ZK-MZC (c/n 1581) was first registered to Air New Zealand on 15/12/19.  This aircraft was actually the first ATR 72 to be registered directly to Air New Zealand, as all previous ATR 72s were registered to Mt Cook Airline Ltd.  However on 9/12/19 the ownership of all the ATR 72 fleet (31 aircraft) transferred across to Air New Zealand, (as also recently happened to the Air New Zealand Q 300 fleet).  For true aircraft spotters it can be seen that only the Star Alliance logo now appears behind the cockpit windows (click to enlarge).

Whereas the fleet used to have small lettering below the Star Alliance logo that stated: Operated by Mt Cook Airlines Ltd, as seen more easily on the all black ZK-MVA back on 17/9/17 (again click to enlarge).

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