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Air New Zealand 75 Years

Past Event
20 Nov 2015 - 22 May 2016

Our nation. The world. Connected

TEAL, passengers arriving at Mechanics Bay, Auckland, 24 Dec 1950

TEAL, passengers arriving at Mechanics Bay, Auckland, 24 Dec 1950

Whites Aviation Ltd. Alexander Turnbull Library (WA-26357-F)

This exhibition featured the tales, technology and glamour of flying, the exhibition explores Air New Zealand's 75 years of growth and innovation and tells the story of New Zealand's national airline through the experiences of the people: airline staff and passengers.


  • Service in the skies

    Eating and drinking on board has been an important part of the flying experience ever since the first passenger spent more than a couple of hours in the air.

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  • High-flying fashion

    Cabin crew uniforms form an important part of a carriers' identity; this is certainly true for our national airlines where they've long played a starring role. ​

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  • Early aviation and true trailblazers

    ​If aviation is your thing, check out the motor, driveshaft and propeller from Richard Pearse's original aircraft as well as the exposed Boeing 737 jet engine. Big screens bring you the daring flights of the pioneering aviators.​

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  • The Coral Route

    New Zealand's first package holiday in the Pacific was a glamorous island hop known as the Coral Route. In 1951, Tasman Empire Airways Ltd (TEAL) launched a flying boat service from Auckland to Papeete in Tahiti.

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  • New Zealand's first international airport

    Mechanics Bay in Auckland was home to New Zealand's first international airport. There was no runway - passengers travelling by flying boat landed off-shore and embarked onto the pier.

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  • Building a business in aviation

    Get behind the scenes of an Air New Zealand long haul aircraft turnaround - the tightly orchestrated sequence of activities that occurs between an aircraft landing at an airport and when it departs for its next destination.

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