25 August 2016

Going, Going, Boeing

Airwork's Friendship's, ZK-PAX and ZK-POH at Auckland on 12 August 2016

It seems the Fokker Friendships have quietly slipped from service in New Zealand... POST 675 operated from Auckland to Christchurch on the evening of Monday 15 August 2016 arriving in Christchurch two hours later at 12.15am the following morning. POST 676 operated the return flight an hour later arriving in Auckland about 3.00am on Tuesday 16 August 2016. There have been no Friendship flights operated since then.

If anyone could confirm these were the last Friendship flights I would appreciate it...
If it was the final flight does anyone know which Friendship was used and who the flight crew were?

Last night all the Post and freight flights were operated by Boeing 737s and a Metroliner... no Convairs, so one wonders if they too have or are about to finish.

The replacement... Parcelair Boeing 737-400 ZK-PAK at Auckland on 31 July 2016


  1. If the F27s are indeed finish than it would be nice if one of them are preserved and stored somewhere in New Zealand. They may still have flights unsure I saw PAX getting some TLC at the Field Air hanger on Monday while POH was sitting outside next to some Parcel Air 737s

  2. The supposed "preserved" Friendships are
    BXG at Ferrymead, Chch
    BXH is at the Air NZ Engineering Centre in Chch
    BXI is on the Chathams

    1. BXH is (or at least was in 2014) at the museum adjacent to Wanaka Aerodrome.

  3. PAX operated services on 15-16 August

  4. ZK-BXE is at the Chch Airforce museum, at Wigram. http://www.aviationinstitute.co.nz/ai/about-us/pilot-career-open-evening/christchurch-campus-training-aircraft-movements/

    P.S. My grandfather flew ZK-BXF on its delivery flight from the Netherlands to NZ in 1961.

  5. A sad day that we finally farewell the "Friendly Fokker". From the arrival of BXA in Dec 1960 through to Aug 2016 is 56 years on the NZ register, an innings that few types can lay claim to. The sound those RR Darts made and the unmistakable noise when you selected GFP on landing will long be remembered by those of us that flew or fixed them. NAC made a good call when they opted for the F.27 all those years ago.

  6. VH-EWH (10596) ex ZK-PAX for HARS Australia