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Tasman Empire Airways Limited

Tasman Empire Airways Limited (1940–1965), better known as TEAL, is the former name of Air New Zealand Limited (1965–).[1][2]

Tasman Empire Airways Limited
IATA ICAO Callsign
TE TEAL
Founded26 April 1940
Renamed Air New Zealand Limited from 1 April 1965[1]
Fleet size18
DestinationsAuckland, Sydney, Wellington, Melbourne, Fiji, Samoa, Cook Islands, Tahiti, Christchurch
HeadquartersAuckland, New Zealand

TEAL was formed by an Intergovernmental Agreement for Tasman Sea Air Services (also known as the Tasman Sea Agreement), a treaty signed by the governments of United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand in London on 10 April 1940.[3] TEAL was first registered in Wellington as a limited liability company on 26 April 1940. The company's purpose was originally to transport mail, passengers and cargo across the Tasman Sea between Australia and New Zealand, during World War II. The treaty was originally intended to end within three months after hostilities with Germany ended, however was extended in 1949,[4] the agreement ended on 31 March 1954,[5] with control and ownership passing into normal commercial arrangements.

The shares were originally held by the New Zealand Government (20%), Union Airways (19%), BOAC (38%) and Qantas (23%). After World War II shareholding passed to equal ownership by the governments of New Zealand and Australia. Four Short Sandringhams and later Short Solents were acquired, as well as an ex-Royal New Zealand Air Force Consolidated PBY Catalina for survey flights.

Routes and services

Tasman Service

 
July 1940 New Zealand airmail censored cover paid 1/6 to Dublin, Ireland, flown from Auckland to Sydney by Tasman Empire Airways service that started on 30 April 1940, and then flown on the Horseshoe route to Durban, South Africa and then by boat to the UK for forwarding to Dublin

Auckland–Sydney
The inaugural Tasman service between Auckland and Sydney on 30 April 1940 was flown by Aotearoa, one of its two Short S.30 flying boats.[6] There was a connection at Sydney with the Qantas/BOAC Empire Air Route[7] or Empire Air Mail Scheme to England which meant that there was, for the first time, a regular through air service between New Zealand and England. That lasted less than six weeks as, when Italy entered World War II in June 1940, it was no longer possible to fly through the Mediterranean.[8] The Horseshoe route provided a solution.

The first four months of operation saw a weekly return service between Auckland and Sydney. This was expanded to thrice fortnightly with connections to San Francisco using Pan Am flights from Auckland (Pan Am was not flying into Australia). The connection to San Francisco ended in December 1941 when Japan entered the war.

In the first year, the annual report revealed that 130 trans-Tasman flights had been completed carrying 1,461 passengers for a profit, prior to tax and dividends, of NZ£31,479. By 1944, the trans-Tasman frequency had increased to three weekly return flights.

Wellington–Sydney
From 1940–1950, TEAL operated a single Tasman service, between Auckland and Sydney, with Short flying boats. From 1950 to 1954, Wellington was also linked by flying boat to Sydney. The long intended Wellington–Sydney flying boat service commenced on 3 October 1950 with the departure of TEAL Short Solent IV, RMA Ararangi, from Wellington. It carried between 40,000 and 50,000 letters, mostly first day covers, weighing 660 lbs and 86 lbs or second class mail.[9]

Wellington resumed international service, at first only to Sydney, in 1960

Christchurch–Melbourne
On 20 December 1950, 39–41 passengers on a British Commonwealth Pacific Airlines Douglas DC-6 airliner chartered by TEAL, left the recently dedicated Christchurch Airport on a direct flight to Melbourne, and what would become a regular TEAL air service relieving South Island from international air-service isolation. The DC-6, RMA Resolution, departed for Melbourne at 10:10 am, arriving 6 hours and 35 minutes later.[10][11][12]

Christchurch–Sydney
From 1954, newly acquired Douglas DC-6 aircraft were introduced to a new Christchurch–Sydney service and the Auckland–Sydney service; TEAL now operating its own Christchurch–Melbourne and Auckland–Melbourne services.[13][14]

Auckland–Brisbane
A service between Auckland and Brisbane followed in 1959

Christchurch–Brisbane
A service between Christchurch and Brisbane followed in 1959

Coral Route

 
Interior of Teal Short Solent preserved at the Museum of Transport & Technology, 2007

The New Zealand National Airways Corporation had initiated Pacific Island flights flying Douglas DC-3 aircraft, from Auckland to Nadi (Fiji), Faleolo (Samoa), Aitutaki and Rarotonga (Cook Islands). These routes were later taken over by TEAL, which wanted to fly to Tahiti, but there was no airstrip at Papeete, so a flying boat was necessary. After completion of a survey flight by a TEAL-operated ex-RNZAF Catalina ZK-AMP in 1951, the Coral Route flight from Auckland to Papeete, Tahiti, via Laucala Bay at Suva, Fiji, Satapuala at Apia, Samoa, and Akaiamai at Aitutaki in the Cook Islands, was inaugurated by TEAL on 27 December 1951, using the Short Solent flying boats long used between Auckland and Sydney. In Samoa, the plane landed on the sea and a small motor boat operated by Fred Fairman would carry the passengers to shore. They would alight and go through customs in a small shed. The Faleolo airport was still a grass strip.[15]

A TEAL staff competition gave the route the name the Coral Route. The winning entry came from Eric Mullane, head steward, who was inspired by the beauty of islands (coral) and of the song-filled (choral) welcome that greeted visitors to the islands.[16] It became the only air route into Tahiti, with Americans and others from Northern Hemisphere flying by landplanes into Nadi in Fiji, making the short hop across to Suva to join the flying boat at Laucala Bay, for its fortnightly flight along the Coral Route, leaving on a Thursday morning for Samoa, alighting on the Satapuala lagoon about 2:00 pm. Passengers were driven by cab through Samoan coastal villages to Apia, where they enjoyed respite and dinner at Aggie Grey's hotel until 2:00 am when they were driven back out to Satapuala for a pre-dawn take-off to the Akaiami lagoon at Aitutaki where they went ashore for breakfast and an optional swim until mid-morning takeoff for Papeete, timed to ensure that arrival was after the end of the siesta period at 2:00 pm. After launching ashore and completing Customs, passengers had to wait a further hour while their luggage was sprayed against horticultural pests, a time usually spent by the majority across the road from the Customshouse at Quinn's Bar. In all, a 30-hour leisurely introduction to life in the South Seas which made the Coral Route a legendary travel experience.

On 15 September 1960 the final Coral Route flight by the Solent Aranui returned to Auckland. It was one of the world's last long-range scheduled international flying boat services. Landplane flights were extended from Nadi, Fiji, to Pago Pago, American Samoa, and Papeete, Tahiti. In late 1964, the French cancelled TEAL's licence to Tahiti and the Coral Route service terminated at Pago Pago. Air New Zealand was permitted to return to Tahiti in 1967.

Hibiscus Service

In 1954, TEAL replaced its Mechanics Bay, Auckland to Suva, Fiji, flying boat service, with Douglas DC-6 landplanes from Whenuapai to Nadi. The Hibiscus Service provided first and tourist class travel, especially appealing to folk pursuing a Pacific island dream holiday.[13]

Norfolk Island Service

The New Zealand National Airways Corporation ceased air mail, passenger and cargo services to Norfolk Island in early September 1955. TEAL resumed the regular air service from Auckland in November with four-engined Douglas DC-6 Skymaster aircraft. TEAL's service was initially weekly, then fortnightly.[17]

Fleet

Aircraft

TEAL operated flying-boats and landplanes:

 
Short S.30 Empire: TEAL ZK-AMA Aotearoa at Auckland

Short S.30 Empire Class flying-boat
The first services were flown by Short S.30 Empire Class flying boats. TEAL operated two of these between 1939 and 1947.[18][19][20] They were given Maori spiritual names, Aotearoa (land of the long white cloud) for ZK-AMA, Serial S886, and Awarua (two rivers) for ZK-AMC, Serial S994. A third S.30 ordered by TEAL, Serial S885, was diverted to war duties in the North Atlantic and later destroyed.

 
Short S.25 Sandringham IV, Tasman Class: TEAL ZK-AME New Zealand at Auckland

Short S.25 Sandringham Mk IV Tasman Class flying-boat
In 1946, TEAL acquired four Short S.25 Sandringham IV 'Tasman Class' flying boats. They were a fully streamlined conversion passenger transport variation of the Short Sunderland. Consideration was given to landplane operations but the government delayed the decision to move to land as the UK government offered generous terms on purchasing new types in development such as the Avro Tudor and Handley Page Hermes. The Sandringhams were given generic names, ZK-AMB Serial ML761 Tasman, -AMD Serial NJ255 Australia, -AME Serial NJ179 New Zealand, and -AMH JM715 Auckland. However they were unsuited for the harsher trans Tasman crossings. They were grounded for six months in 1948 due to engine cooling issues and disposed of at the end of 1949 when a more suitable custom built version of the Short Solent became available.

Consolidated Boeing PB2B-1 Catalina
TEAL flew two Boeing-built Consolidated PB2B-1 Catalinas from 1947 until 1949. They were loaned from the RNZAF and used as training and survey aircraft. They were registered on the civil aviation list as ZK-AMI and -AMP Maroro (Flying Fish – TEAL's emblem), -AMI was never named.

 
Short S.45 Solent IV: TEAL ZK-AMO Aranui, 1954–60 livery

Short S.45 Solent Mk IV flying-boat
The replacements for the S.25 were the Short S.45 Solent IV of which TEAL acquired four, ZK-AML Aotearoa II, -AMM Ararangi, -AMN Awatere and -AMO Aranui. TEAL management were hoping to move to land based operations after the unsuccessful operation of the Sandringham. Original plans to operate Douglas DC-4 aircraft from Auckland's Whenuapai joint service airport alongside other overseas international operators. A Buy British policy and support for rebuilding the British aircraft industry forced the airline to continue operating flying boats including an offer to fly the mammoth Saunders-Roe Princess on a subsidized trial basis. This led to a further more exotic proposal to produce a six jet engine powered flying boat, the Saunders-Roe Duchess. This would've give jet speed to an already antiquated mode of air transport. A promise by the New Zealand Government was made that the Solent would be the last water based aircraft the airline would operate ended any thought of future flying boat development in New Zealand. The Solents were delivered during 1949 with one setting a new trans-Tasman crossing record of 5 hours 37 minutes. The Solents continued flying until 1954 with the introduction of the Douglas DC-6 landplanes. However, Solent Aranui based in Fiji continued on the Coral Route until 1960 operating from Suva after TEAL introduced landplane services to Nadi.

Short S.45 Solent Mk III flying-boat
An extra Solent flying boat was purchased from BOAC in 1951 to ease pressure on growing passenger numbers and help with the new Wellington trans Tasman service operating from Evans Bay. ZK-AMQ Aparima remained in TEAL service until 1957, being used as a backup to the Coral Route regular -AMO Aranui based in Suva, Fiji.

 
Douglas DC-6: BCPA VH-BPH Discovery at Brisbane. TEAL ZK-BGC Arahia from May 1954

Douglas DC-6
The Douglas DC-6 was flown by TEAL between 1954 and 1961. Three were transferred to TEAL after the break-up of British Commonwealth Pacific Airlines (BCPA). Re-registered ZK-BGA Aotearoa III, -BGB Arawhata, and -BGC Arahia. They were original "short bodied" types fitted out with sleeper beds and long range tanks. The aircraft started replacing the flying boats service in May 1954. It meant the transfer of TEAL's Auckland International Airport operations from Mechanics Bay to the shared Whenuapai air force and civilian terminal, where it was to remain until 1965. In September 1956, Douglas ordered the re-skinning of all DC-6 wings. Work was completed on the fleet at Cathay Pacific's Hong Kong engineering facilities to allow a 2000 lb increase in payload. The landplane finally allowed TEAL to expand operations to Nadi, Fiji and from there directly to Tahiti. It also opened up landplane operations to Melbourne, helping move passengers during the 1956 Olympic Games and Brisbane. It also ended the leasing of a Trans Australian Airlines DC-4 operating out of Christchurch on behalf of the airline. Wellington's rebuilt Rongotai Airport handled its first DC-6 service just after it re-opened in 1959, ending trans-Tasman flying boat operations from nearby Evans Bay. Originally to be replaced by the Lockheed L-188 Electra in 1960, the DC-6 remained in service due to engineering issues for the Electra, until 1961. They were handed over to the Royal New Zealand Air Force to be used as troop transports, remaining in service until 1970.

 
Lockheed L-188 Electra: TEAL ZK-TEB Atarau at Melbourne, 1964.

Lockheed L-188C Electra
The last new type to be operated by TEAL was the Lockheed L.188 Electra. Five of this type were operated between 1959 and 1972 by which time TEAL had changed its name to Air New Zealand. The airline wanted to introduce jet aircraft in the form of the Comet 4 airliner but Australian shareholders insisted on the Lockheed L188 Electra, citing that Qantas, Trans Australian Airlines, Ansett ANA and Hong Kong based Cathay Pacific had ordered the type. This would lower operating costs as all the airlines would be able to share a common parts pool with the Electra.

The original three were named Aotearoa IV (ZK-TEA), Atarau (ZK-TEB), and Akaroa (ZK-TEC). In late September 1959, just prior to delivery a series of fatal accidents occurred in the US with the new aircraft. It was discovered that propeller vibration caused a weakening of the wing to engine mountings. The Federal Aviation Administration ordered a reduced speed operation for the type until remedial repair works were completed in 1961. A fourth air frame was purchased from Qantas in 1965 to replace the lost air frame of ZK-TEC (see below), it was registered out of sequence as ZK-CLX but carried over the Akaroa name from the previous aircraft. By this time TEAL had changed its name to Air New Zealand. The fifth aircraft operated was leased from Qantas in 1970 for a year to operate a joint seat share service to Australia, Qantas titles appeared along the rear of the fuselage. This aircraft used the vacant TEAL allotted ZK-TED registration but remained unnamed. The remaining Electras were sold in 1972 to United States interests.

 
Douglas DC-8-52: Air New Zealand ZK-NZB at Los Angeles, 1965.

Douglas DC-8 Series 52
On completion of the New Zealand Government's purchase of TEAL's Australian shareholdings in 1961, airline management promptly announced the purchase of pure jet powered aircraft for 1965. This was to coincide with the completion of a new International airport for Auckland and runway lengthening at Christchurch airport. Aircraft of interest included the Boeing 707–100 short bodied version operated by Qantas, Convair 880, Douglas DC-8, and after some political lobbying by pro-British government interests, Vickers VC-10. An offer by BOAC to lease surplus De Havilland Comet 4s to begin interim jet services immediately was turned down as uneconomical. After intense scrutiny of all types on offer, TEAL management approached the New Zealand Government for funds to purchase an initial three Douglas DC-8 Series 52 longer ranged jet airliners. The request was approved and an order placed in 1962 for delivery in early 1965. The aircraft were duly completed when TEAL announced a change of airline name on 1 April 1965 to Air New Zealand. The first DC-8 was already painted minus titles in anticipation of this. The aircraft never flying in actual TEAL service. After the name change, however, TEAL titles appeared on the tail fin of the new airliners for two years.

Powerboats

TEAL operated powerboats in support of flying-boats:

British Power Boat Company 37.5' Empire Control Tender
Designed by Hubert Scott-Paine for the transport of passengers using marine aircraft, the control tender arrived at Auckland on the MV Empire Star in June 1939 and was based at Mechanics' Bay.[21] It was taken over by the Air Department during World War II.

British Power Boat Company 23' Auxiliary Launch
Designed by Hubert Scott-Paine for general purpose, particularly the transport of maintenance crew, gear and equipment, and light towing, the auxiliary launch arrived at Auckland on the MV Empire Star in June 1939 and was based at Mechanics' Bay.[21] It was taken over by the Air Department during World War II.

TEAL 40' Express Launch
In consequence of the Air Department's acquisition of the two flying-boat support launches, TEAL commissioned Colin Wild of Stanley Point, Auckland, to build a 40' express launch named Tasmanair, primarily for the transportation of 25 staff and 2 crew between Mechanics' Bay and Hobsonville. It was launched on 24 July 1941.[22][23] In TEAL service between 1941 and 1960, it had been based at Auckland, Laucala Bay, Fiji and Satapuala, Samoa. Following the withdrawal of flying-boats from the Coral Route in 1960, Samoa based Tasmanair was purchased by the New Zealand Government, transported to Lyttelton, New Zealand, where it was slightly modified, and shipped on to the Chatham Islands[24] to support the RNZAF Sunderland flying-boat service at Te Whanga Lagoon.[25][26]

Fleet survivors

 
TEAL ZK-AMO RMA Aranui

Short S.45 Solent Mk IV flying-boat, TEAL ZK-AMO, RMA Aranui, is restored and on display at the Museum of Transport & Technology (MOTAT) in Auckland.

 
TEAL ZK-AMH RMA Auckland
AFBS VH-BRC Beachcomber

Short S.25 Sandringham Mk IV Tasman Class flying-boat, TEAL ZK-AMH, RMA Auckland, formerly RAF serial JM715, which operated with TEAL from 1947 to 1950, is preserved and on display at Solent Sky aviation museum, Southampton, Hampshire, as Ansett Flying Boat Services VH-BRC Beachcomber, retired in 1981.

Lockheed L-188C Electra, TEAL ZK-TEB Atarau, is operational as a water bomber with Buffalo Airways, Canada[27]

Douglas DC-8 Series 52, TEAL / Air New Zealand ZK-NZC, is derelict and stored at Manaus Airport, Brazil.[28]

Service

On board dining was a notable feature of the trans-Tasman and later, the Coral Route. The food was cooked from scratch on board. Morning and afternoon teas were prepared on board as well as hot meals. A dumbwaiter was used to provide access to the two decks of the flying boats.

The military look of the earliest uniforms reflected the era—the aftermath of war. The male steward's uniforms were reassuring and gave the impression that flight crew could be expected to handle any situation. In 1946, women were appointed to the TEAL flying boat crew. Many had trained as nurses which was thought to be an ideal background for coping with any situation on board. In 1961, hostesses appeared in uniforms designed by Christian Dior and made locally by El Jay.[29][16]

Accidents and incidents

Lockheed Electra L-188 crash

 
The wreckage of TEAL's Lockheed Electra at Whenuapai

On 27 March 1965, TEAL's Lockheed Electra L-188 ZK-TEC Akaroa, crashed during a training flight at Whenuapai. The airline had done the following manoeuvre many times before: the Electra, flying at precisely 140 knots, could be flown over the runway threshold, throttled back to idle to drop almost vertically and land on the runway. As this would never be done on a passenger flight; the reason for the procedure remains a mystery.

On board were a captain, a check captain, a flight engineer, a navigator; the airline's industrial personnel officer and an emergency procedures officer standing behind them.

As Akaroa's speed dropped below 140 knots the aeroplane landed very heavily, collapsing the landing gear; Akaroa shed wings, engines, tailplane and tail as it skidded off the runway and across the grass towards the control tower. Somehow, the two standing officers stayed standing, the fire extinguishers were turned on and everyone was evacuated through the cockpit windows, with one man burning his hand on the escape rope. TEAL salvaged what they could from the wreck and the remains were quickly pushed into a gully behind the NAC hangars before the public saw them. The crash took place in the early hours of the morning. The training procedure was quickly deleted from TEAL's manuals. TEAL purchased from Qantas a replacement Electra, VH-ECC, after it changed its name to Air New Zealand on 1 April 1965. It took the registration, ZK-CLX. At the time of the accident, ZK-TEC had the Air New Zealand logotype painted on its fuselage in anticipation of the name change.

Ownership and change of name

In April 1961 the Australian government decided to concentrate its subsidises with Qantas that commenced operating its own trans Tasman services in October 1961, and sold its shareholding in TEAL to the New Zealand Government, giving it 100% ownership.[30]

On 1 April 1965 Tasman Empire Airways Limited was renamed Air New Zealand Limited, with TEAL rebranded Air New Zealand, at the same time as the Douglas DC-8 entered service.[31][32][2] TEAL's airline designator "TE" continued on with Air New Zealand until 1989. Thereafter, its international flights adopted the airline designator "NZ" formerly used by the New Zealand National Airways Corporation for its domestic flights.

Chairmen

See also

References

  1. ^ a b New Zealand Companies Office, Certificate of Incorporation: Air New Zealand Limited (PDF)
  2. ^ a b "T.E.A.L. Renamed Air New Zealand". The Press. Vol. 104, no. 30654. 21 January 1965. p. 1.
  3. ^ The United Kingdom; The Commonwealth of Australia; The Dominion of New Zealand (1940), Intergovernmental Agreement for Tasman Sea Air Services
  4. ^ The United Kingdom; The Commonwealth of Australia; The Dominion of New Zealand (1949), Inter-Governmental Agreement for the Continued Operation of the Regular Services Between Australia and New Zealand by Tasman Empire Airways Limited
  5. ^ The United Kingdom; The Commonwealth of Australia; The Dominion of New Zealand (1956), Exchange of Notes Constituting an Agreement Terminating the Inter-Governmental Agreement for the Continued Operation of the Regular Services Between Australia and New Zealand by Tasman Empire Airways Limited of 15 September 1949
  6. ^ "First Flight: Tasman Service". Auckland Star. Vol. 71, no. 101. 30 April 1940. p. 9.
  7. ^ "Empire Air Route". The Press. Vol. 75, no. 22732. 9 June 1939. p. 4.
  8. ^ "Empire Air Route". Otago Daily Times. No. 24324. 14 June 1940. p. 8.
  9. ^ "Solent Opens Wgtn.–Sydney Air Service". Gisborne Herald. Vol. 77, no. 23375. 4 October 1950. p. 8.
  10. ^ "Great Day for Christchurch". The Press. Vol. 86, no. 26299. 19 December 1950. p. 6.
  11. ^ "First Flight to Melbourne". The Press. Vol. 86, no. 26300. 20 December 1950. p. 8.
  12. ^ "Trans-Tasman Flights". The Press. Vol. 86, no. 26301. 21 December 1950. p. 7.
  13. ^ a b "Tasman Air Services". The Press. Vol. 90, no. 27355. 21 May 1954. p. 10.
  14. ^ "New Tasman Air Service". The Press. Vol. 90, no. 27389. 30 June 1954. p. 12.
  15. ^ Reynolds, Ron. "Coral Route" (Interview). Interviewed by Sonya Van Schaijik (Ron Reynolds' daughter).
  16. ^ a b Keith, Michael (12 April 2016). "Service in the skies". Auckland War Memorial Museum. Retrieved 23 June 2021.
  17. ^ "Norfolk Island Air Service". The Press. Vol. 92, no. 27808. 5 November 1955. p. 2.
  18. ^ "Last Trip Made". The Gisborne Herald. Vol. 74, no. 22356. 14 June 1947. p. 4.
  19. ^ "Aotearoa to Withdraw". The Otago Daily Times. No. 26609. 4 November 1947. p. 4.
  20. ^ "Tenders". The Otago Daily Times. No. 26793. 9 June 1948. p. 1.
  21. ^ a b "Tasman Air Service: Launches for the Base". New Zealand Herald. Vol. 76, no. 23371. 13 June 1939. p. 6.
  22. ^ "New Express Launch". New Zealand Herald. Vol. 78, no. 23867. 18 January 1941. p. 8.
  23. ^ "New Express Launch: Tasman Airways' Work". New Zealand Herald. Vol. 78, no. 24026. 25 July 1941. p. 9.
  24. ^ "Air Service to Chathams: Inauguration in December". The Press. Vol. 99, no. 29331. 10 October 1960. p. 16.
  25. ^ "Chathams Flying-Boat Service Reopened". The Press. Vol. 99, no. 29398. 28 December 1960. p. 8.
  26. ^ Houghton, Alan (17 June 2018). "Tasmanair". Waitemata Woodys. Retrieved 27 October 2021.
  27. ^ "Our Aircraft: ZK-TEB (TEAL – Tasman Empire Airways Ltd) L-188C Electra, delivered 18/12/59". Bring our Birds Home. Retrieved 26 October 2021.
  28. ^ "Our Aircraft: ZK-NZC (TEAL – Tasman Empire Airways Ltd / Air NZ) DC-8-52, delivered 17/09/65". Bring our Birds Home. Retrieved 26 October 2021.
  29. ^ "TEAL Hostesses Thrilled". Tealagram. Vol. 4, no. 8. December 1960. p. 4.
  30. ^ Qantas annual report for year ended 31 March 1962 Qantas
  31. ^ TEAL makes way for Air NZ Ltd Canberra Times 2 April 1965 page 11
  32. ^ "TEAL Renamed". Australian Transport: 26. April 1965.
  33. ^ (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 12 June 2017. Retrieved 16 May 2015.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  34. ^ Lockstone, Brian. "Geoffrey Newland Roberts". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 23 April 2017.

Further reading

  • Barton, Gerry; Heath, Philip (2015). Coral Route: Tasman Empire Airways Ltd, Flying Boats & the South Pacific. Wellington, Aotearoa: Steele Roberts. ISBN 9781927242896.
  • Harrison, Paul; Lockstone, Brian; Anderson, Any (1997). The Golden Age of New Zealand Flying Boats. Auckland: Random House. ISBN 978-1869412999.
  • Holmes, Noel (1982). To Fly a Desk: Sir Geoffrey Roberts, Father of Air New Zealand. Wellington: Reed. ISBN 0589014218.
  • Little, Paul (2014). Farrell, Jenny (ed.). Air New Zealand: Celebrating 75 Years. Auckland: Bauer Media Group. ISBN 9780473302511.
  • McLintock, A.H., ed. (1966). "Air Transport and Airports: Early Progress". Te Ara – the Encyclopedia of New Zealand. Retrieved 15 May 2021.
  • "Tealagrams". Tealagram. Tasman Empire Airways Limited. 1955–1965 – via Friends of the Solent Flying Boat.
  • Thomson, I.A. (1968). A History of TEAL. The Origins of Air New Zealand as an International Airline. 1940–1967 (PDF) (MA History). Christchurch: University of Canterbury.
  • Yarwood, Vaughan; Mason, Geoff (October–December 1998). "Wings of Desire". New Zealand Geographic. No. 40.
  • "Electra training incident, Whenuapai, 27 March 1965". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 16 February 2022.

External links

  • Tasman Air Service (Newsreel). Pathé_News. 1940. Retrieved 26 February 2022.
  • Sydney 8 Hours, Weekly Review No. 330 (Newsreel). Wellington: National Film Unit. 1947. Retrieved 26 February 2022.
  • TEAL Flying Boat Departure Wellington to Sydney (Footage). Wellington: Laura Hayvice. 1950s. Retrieved 26 February 2022.
  • Tahiti! (Newsreel). British Pathé. 1961. Retrieved 26 February 2022.
  • Holiday for Susan (Newsreel). Wellington: New Zealand National Film Unit. 1962. Retrieved 26 February 2022.
  • Tiara Tahiti (Motion picture). The Rank Organisation. 1962. Retrieved 26 February 2022.
  • Air New Zealand Douglas DC-8-52—"Take-off, Cruise & Landing" (Footage). Geoffrey Thomas / Air New Zealand Limited / Douglas Aircraft Company. 1965. Retrieved 27 February 2022.
  • The Coral Route – New Zealand's first package holiday. Related material from Auckland War Memorial Museum
  • TEAL advertising posters in the collection of the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

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For the colour see Teal For the teaching method see Technology enhanced active learning For other uses see Teal disambiguation This article includes a list of general references but it lacks sufficient corresponding inline citations Please help to improve this article by introducing more precise citations January 2014 Learn how and when to remove this template message Tasman Empire Airways Limited 1940 1965 better known as TEAL is the former name of Air New Zealand Limited 1965 1 2 Tasman Empire Airways LimitedIATA ICAO CallsignTE TEALFounded26 April 1940Renamed Air New Zealand Limited from 1 April 1965 1 Fleet size18DestinationsAuckland Sydney Wellington Melbourne Fiji Samoa Cook Islands Tahiti ChristchurchHeadquartersAuckland New ZealandTEAL was formed by an Intergovernmental Agreement for Tasman Sea Air Services also known as the Tasman Sea Agreement a treaty signed by the governments of United Kingdom Australia and New Zealand in London on 10 April 1940 3 TEAL was first registered in Wellington as a limited liability company on 26 April 1940 The company s purpose was originally to transport mail passengers and cargo across the Tasman Sea between Australia and New Zealand during World War II The treaty was originally intended to end within three months after hostilities with Germany ended however was extended in 1949 4 the agreement ended on 31 March 1954 5 with control and ownership passing into normal commercial arrangements The shares were originally held by the New Zealand Government 20 Union Airways 19 BOAC 38 and Qantas 23 After World War II shareholding passed to equal ownership by the governments of New Zealand and Australia Four Short Sandringhams and later Short Solents were acquired as well as an ex Royal New Zealand Air Force Consolidated PBY Catalina for survey flights Contents 1 Routes and services 1 1 Tasman Service 1 2 Coral Route 1 3 Hibiscus Service 1 4 Norfolk Island Service 2 Fleet 2 1 Aircraft 2 2 Powerboats 2 3 Fleet survivors 3 Service 4 Accidents and incidents 4 1 Lockheed Electra L 188 crash 5 Ownership and change of name 6 Chairmen 7 See also 8 References 9 Further reading 10 External linksRoutes and services EditTasman Service Edit July 1940 New Zealand airmail censored cover paid 1 6 to Dublin Ireland flown from Auckland to Sydney by Tasman Empire Airways service that started on 30 April 1940 and then flown on the Horseshoe route to Durban South Africa and then by boat to the UK for forwarding to Dublin Auckland Sydney The inaugural Tasman service between Auckland and Sydney on 30 April 1940 was flown by Aotearoa one of its two Short S 30 flying boats 6 There was a connection at Sydney with the Qantas BOAC Empire Air Route 7 or Empire Air Mail Scheme to England which meant that there was for the first time a regular through air service between New Zealand and England That lasted less than six weeks as when Italy entered World War II in June 1940 it was no longer possible to fly through the Mediterranean 8 The Horseshoe route provided a solution The first four months of operation saw a weekly return service between Auckland and Sydney This was expanded to thrice fortnightly with connections to San Francisco using Pan Am flights from Auckland Pan Am was not flying into Australia The connection to San Francisco ended in December 1941 when Japan entered the war In the first year the annual report revealed that 130 trans Tasman flights had been completed carrying 1 461 passengers for a profit prior to tax and dividends of NZ 31 479 By 1944 the trans Tasman frequency had increased to three weekly return flights Wellington Sydney From 1940 1950 TEAL operated a single Tasman service between Auckland and Sydney with Short flying boats From 1950 to 1954 Wellington was also linked by flying boat to Sydney The long intended Wellington Sydney flying boat service commenced on 3 October 1950 with the departure of TEAL Short Solent IV RMA Ararangi from Wellington It carried between 40 000 and 50 000 letters mostly first day covers weighing 660 lbs and 86 lbs or second class mail 9 Wellington resumed international service at first only to Sydney in 1960Christchurch Melbourne On 20 December 1950 39 41 passengers on a British Commonwealth Pacific Airlines Douglas DC 6 airliner chartered by TEAL left the recently dedicated Christchurch Airport on a direct flight to Melbourne and what would become a regular TEAL air service relieving South Island from international air service isolation The DC 6 RMA Resolution departed for Melbourne at 10 10 am arriving 6 hours and 35 minutes later 10 11 12 Christchurch Sydney From 1954 newly acquired Douglas DC 6 aircraft were introduced to a new Christchurch Sydney service and the Auckland Sydney service TEAL now operating its own Christchurch Melbourne and Auckland Melbourne services 13 14 Auckland Brisbane A service between Auckland and Brisbane followed in 1959Christchurch Brisbane A service between Christchurch and Brisbane followed in 1959 Coral Route Edit This section s tone or style may not reflect the encyclopedic tone used on Wikipedia See Wikipedia s guide to writing better articles for suggestions December 2022 Learn how and when to remove this template message Interior of Teal Short Solent preserved at the Museum of Transport amp Technology 2007 The New Zealand National Airways Corporation had initiated Pacific Island flights flying Douglas DC 3 aircraft from Auckland to Nadi Fiji Faleolo Samoa Aitutaki and Rarotonga Cook Islands These routes were later taken over by TEAL which wanted to fly to Tahiti but there was no airstrip at Papeete so a flying boat was necessary After completion of a survey flight by a TEAL operated ex RNZAF Catalina ZK AMP in 1951 the Coral Route flight from Auckland to Papeete Tahiti via Laucala Bay at Suva Fiji Satapuala at Apia Samoa and Akaiamai at Aitutaki in the Cook Islands was inaugurated by TEAL on 27 December 1951 using the Short Solent flying boats long used between Auckland and Sydney In Samoa the plane landed on the sea and a small motor boat operated by Fred Fairman would carry the passengers to shore They would alight and go through customs in a small shed The Faleolo airport was still a grass strip 15 A TEAL staff competition gave the route the name the Coral Route The winning entry came from Eric Mullane head steward who was inspired by the beauty of islands coral and of the song filled choral welcome that greeted visitors to the islands 16 It became the only air route into Tahiti with Americans and others from Northern Hemisphere flying by landplanes into Nadi in Fiji making the short hop across to Suva to join the flying boat at Laucala Bay for its fortnightly flight along the Coral Route leaving on a Thursday morning for Samoa alighting on the Satapuala lagoon about 2 00 pm Passengers were driven by cab through Samoan coastal villages to Apia where they enjoyed respite and dinner at Aggie Grey s hotel until 2 00 am when they were driven back out to Satapuala for a pre dawn take off to the Akaiami lagoon at Aitutaki where they went ashore for breakfast and an optional swim until mid morning takeoff for Papeete timed to ensure that arrival was after the end of the siesta period at 2 00 pm After launching ashore and completing Customs passengers had to wait a further hour while their luggage was sprayed against horticultural pests a time usually spent by the majority across the road from the Customshouse at Quinn s Bar In all a 30 hour leisurely introduction to life in the South Seas which made the Coral Route a legendary travel experience On 15 September 1960 the final Coral Route flight by the Solent Aranui returned to Auckland It was one of the world s last long range scheduled international flying boat services Landplane flights were extended from Nadi Fiji to Pago Pago American Samoa and Papeete Tahiti In late 1964 the French cancelled TEAL s licence to Tahiti and the Coral Route service terminated at Pago Pago Air New Zealand was permitted to return to Tahiti in 1967 Hibiscus Service Edit In 1954 TEAL replaced its Mechanics Bay Auckland to Suva Fiji flying boat service with Douglas DC 6 landplanes from Whenuapai to Nadi The Hibiscus Service provided first and tourist class travel especially appealing to folk pursuing a Pacific island dream holiday 13 Norfolk Island Service Edit The New Zealand National Airways Corporation ceased air mail passenger and cargo services to Norfolk Island in early September 1955 TEAL resumed the regular air service from Auckland in November with four engined Douglas DC 6 Skymaster aircraft TEAL s service was initially weekly then fortnightly 17 Fleet EditAircraft Edit TEAL operated flying boats and landplanes Short S 30 Empire TEAL ZK AMA Aotearoa at Auckland Short S 30 Empire Class flying boat The first services were flown by Short S 30 Empire Class flying boats TEAL operated two of these between 1939 and 1947 18 19 20 They were given Maori spiritual names Aotearoa land of the long white cloud for ZK AMA Serial S886 and Awarua two rivers for ZK AMC Serial S994 A third S 30 ordered by TEAL Serial S885 was diverted to war duties in the North Atlantic and later destroyed Short S 25 Sandringham IV Tasman Class TEAL ZK AME New Zealand at Auckland Short S 25 Sandringham Mk IV Tasman Class flying boat In 1946 TEAL acquired four Short S 25 Sandringham IV Tasman Class flying boats They were a fully streamlined conversion passenger transport variation of the Short Sunderland Consideration was given to landplane operations but the government delayed the decision to move to land as the UK government offered generous terms on purchasing new types in development such as the Avro Tudor and Handley Page Hermes The Sandringhams were given generic names ZK AMB Serial ML761 Tasman AMD Serial NJ255 Australia AME Serial NJ179 New Zealand and AMH JM715 Auckland However they were unsuited for the harsher trans Tasman crossings They were grounded for six months in 1948 due to engine cooling issues and disposed of at the end of 1949 when a more suitable custom built version of the Short Solent became available Consolidated Boeing PB2B 1 Catalina TEAL flew two Boeing built Consolidated PB2B 1 Catalinas from 1947 until 1949 They were loaned from the RNZAF and used as training and survey aircraft They were registered on the civil aviation list as ZK AMI and AMP Maroro Flying Fish TEAL s emblem AMI was never named Short S 45 Solent IV TEAL ZK AMO Aranui 1954 60 livery Short S 45 Solent Mk IV flying boat The replacements for the S 25 were the Short S 45 Solent IV of which TEAL acquired four ZK AML Aotearoa II AMM Ararangi AMN Awatere and AMO Aranui TEAL management were hoping to move to land based operations after the unsuccessful operation of the Sandringham Original plans to operate Douglas DC 4 aircraft from Auckland s Whenuapai joint service airport alongside other overseas international operators A Buy British policy and support for rebuilding the British aircraft industry forced the airline to continue operating flying boats including an offer to fly the mammoth Saunders Roe Princess on a subsidized trial basis This led to a further more exotic proposal to produce a six jet engine powered flying boat the Saunders Roe Duchess This would ve give jet speed to an already antiquated mode of air transport A promise by the New Zealand Government was made that the Solent would be the last water based aircraft the airline would operate ended any thought of future flying boat development in New Zealand The Solents were delivered during 1949 with one setting a new trans Tasman crossing record of 5 hours 37 minutes The Solents continued flying until 1954 with the introduction of the Douglas DC 6 landplanes However Solent Aranui based in Fiji continued on the Coral Route until 1960 operating from Suva after TEAL introduced landplane services to Nadi Short S 45 Solent Mk III flying boat An extra Solent flying boat was purchased from BOAC in 1951 to ease pressure on growing passenger numbers and help with the new Wellington trans Tasman service operating from Evans Bay ZK AMQ Aparima remained in TEAL service until 1957 being used as a backup to the Coral Route regular AMO Aranui based in Suva Fiji Douglas DC 6 BCPA VH BPH Discovery at Brisbane TEAL ZK BGC Arahia from May 1954 Douglas DC 6 The Douglas DC 6 was flown by TEAL between 1954 and 1961 Three were transferred to TEAL after the break up of British Commonwealth Pacific Airlines BCPA Re registered ZK BGA Aotearoa III BGB Arawhata and BGC Arahia They were original short bodied types fitted out with sleeper beds and long range tanks The aircraft started replacing the flying boats service in May 1954 It meant the transfer of TEAL s Auckland International Airport operations from Mechanics Bay to the shared Whenuapai air force and civilian terminal where it was to remain until 1965 In September 1956 Douglas ordered the re skinning of all DC 6 wings Work was completed on the fleet at Cathay Pacific s Hong Kong engineering facilities to allow a 2000 lb increase in payload The landplane finally allowed TEAL to expand operations to Nadi Fiji and from there directly to Tahiti It also opened up landplane operations to Melbourne helping move passengers during the 1956 Olympic Games and Brisbane It also ended the leasing of a Trans Australian Airlines DC 4 operating out of Christchurch on behalf of the airline Wellington s rebuilt Rongotai Airport handled its first DC 6 service just after it re opened in 1959 ending trans Tasman flying boat operations from nearby Evans Bay Originally to be replaced by the Lockheed L 188 Electra in 1960 the DC 6 remained in service due to engineering issues for the Electra until 1961 They were handed over to the Royal New Zealand Air Force to be used as troop transports remaining in service until 1970 Lockheed L 188 Electra TEAL ZK TEB Atarau at Melbourne 1964 Lockheed L 188C Electra The last new type to be operated by TEAL was the Lockheed L 188 Electra Five of this type were operated between 1959 and 1972 by which time TEAL had changed its name to Air New Zealand The airline wanted to introduce jet aircraft in the form of the Comet 4 airliner but Australian shareholders insisted on the Lockheed L188 Electra citing that Qantas Trans Australian Airlines Ansett ANA and Hong Kong based Cathay Pacific had ordered the type This would lower operating costs as all the airlines would be able to share a common parts pool with the Electra The original three were named Aotearoa IV ZK TEA Atarau ZK TEB and Akaroa ZK TEC In late September 1959 just prior to delivery a series of fatal accidents occurred in the US with the new aircraft It was discovered that propeller vibration caused a weakening of the wing to engine mountings The Federal Aviation Administration ordered a reduced speed operation for the type until remedial repair works were completed in 1961 A fourth air frame was purchased from Qantas in 1965 to replace the lost air frame of ZK TEC see below it was registered out of sequence as ZK CLX but carried over the Akaroa name from the previous aircraft By this time TEAL had changed its name to Air New Zealand The fifth aircraft operated was leased from Qantas in 1970 for a year to operate a joint seat share service to Australia Qantas titles appeared along the rear of the fuselage This aircraft used the vacant TEAL allotted ZK TED registration but remained unnamed The remaining Electras were sold in 1972 to United States interests Douglas DC 8 52 Air New Zealand ZK NZB at Los Angeles 1965 Douglas DC 8 Series 52 On completion of the New Zealand Government s purchase of TEAL s Australian shareholdings in 1961 airline management promptly announced the purchase of pure jet powered aircraft for 1965 This was to coincide with the completion of a new International airport for Auckland and runway lengthening at Christchurch airport Aircraft of interest included the Boeing 707 100 short bodied version operated by Qantas Convair 880 Douglas DC 8 and after some political lobbying by pro British government interests Vickers VC 10 An offer by BOAC to lease surplus De Havilland Comet 4s to begin interim jet services immediately was turned down as uneconomical After intense scrutiny of all types on offer TEAL management approached the New Zealand Government for funds to purchase an initial three Douglas DC 8 Series 52 longer ranged jet airliners The request was approved and an order placed in 1962 for delivery in early 1965 The aircraft were duly completed when TEAL announced a change of airline name on 1 April 1965 to Air New Zealand The first DC 8 was already painted minus titles in anticipation of this The aircraft never flying in actual TEAL service After the name change however TEAL titles appeared on the tail fin of the new airliners for two years Powerboats Edit TEAL operated powerboats in support of flying boats British Power Boat Company 37 5 Empire Control Tender Designed by Hubert Scott Paine for the transport of passengers using marine aircraft the control tender arrived at Auckland on the MV Empire Star in June 1939 and was based at Mechanics Bay 21 It was taken over by the Air Department during World War II British Power Boat Company 23 Auxiliary Launch Designed by Hubert Scott Paine for general purpose particularly the transport of maintenance crew gear and equipment and light towing the auxiliary launch arrived at Auckland on the MV Empire Star in June 1939 and was based at Mechanics Bay 21 It was taken over by the Air Department during World War II TEAL 40 Express Launch In consequence of the Air Department s acquisition of the two flying boat support launches TEAL commissioned Colin Wild of Stanley Point Auckland to build a 40 express launch named Tasmanair primarily for the transportation of 25 staff and 2 crew between Mechanics Bay and Hobsonville It was launched on 24 July 1941 22 23 In TEAL service between 1941 and 1960 it had been based at Auckland Laucala Bay Fiji and Satapuala Samoa Following the withdrawal of flying boats from the Coral Route in 1960 Samoa based Tasmanair was purchased by the New Zealand Government transported to Lyttelton New Zealand where it was slightly modified and shipped on to the Chatham Islands 24 to support the RNZAF Sunderland flying boat service at Te Whanga Lagoon 25 26 Fleet survivors Edit TEAL ZK AMO RMA Aranui Short S 45 Solent Mk IV flying boat TEAL ZK AMO RMA Aranui is restored and on display at the Museum of Transport amp Technology MOTAT in Auckland TEAL ZK AMH RMA AucklandAFBS VH BRC Beachcomber Short S 25 Sandringham Mk IV Tasman Class flying boat TEAL ZK AMH RMA Auckland formerly RAF serial JM715 which operated with TEAL from 1947 to 1950 is preserved and on display at Solent Sky aviation museum Southampton Hampshire as Ansett Flying Boat Services VH BRC Beachcomber retired in 1981 Lockheed L 188C Electra TEAL ZK TEB Atarau is operational as a water bomber with Buffalo Airways Canada 27 Douglas DC 8 Series 52 TEAL Air New Zealand ZK NZC is derelict and stored at Manaus Airport Brazil 28 Service EditOn board dining was a notable feature of the trans Tasman and later the Coral Route The food was cooked from scratch on board Morning and afternoon teas were prepared on board as well as hot meals A dumbwaiter was used to provide access to the two decks of the flying boats The military look of the earliest uniforms reflected the era the aftermath of war The male steward s uniforms were reassuring and gave the impression that flight crew could be expected to handle any situation In 1946 women were appointed to the TEAL flying boat crew Many had trained as nurses which was thought to be an ideal background for coping with any situation on board In 1961 hostesses appeared in uniforms designed by Christian Dior and made locally by El Jay 29 16 Accidents and incidents EditLockheed Electra L 188 crash Edit The wreckage of TEAL s Lockheed Electra at Whenuapai On 27 March 1965 TEAL s Lockheed Electra L 188 ZK TEC Akaroa crashed during a training flight at Whenuapai The airline had done the following manoeuvre many times before the Electra flying at precisely 140 knots could be flown over the runway threshold throttled back to idle to drop almost vertically and land on the runway As this would never be done on a passenger flight the reason for the procedure remains a mystery On board were a captain a check captain a flight engineer a navigator the airline s industrial personnel officer and an emergency procedures officer standing behind them As Akaroa s speed dropped below 140 knots the aeroplane landed very heavily collapsing the landing gear Akaroa shed wings engines tailplane and tail as it skidded off the runway and across the grass towards the control tower Somehow the two standing officers stayed standing the fire extinguishers were turned on and everyone was evacuated through the cockpit windows with one man burning his hand on the escape rope TEAL salvaged what they could from the wreck and the remains were quickly pushed into a gully behind the NAC hangars before the public saw them The crash took place in the early hours of the morning The training procedure was quickly deleted from TEAL s manuals TEAL purchased from Qantas a replacement Electra VH ECC after it changed its name to Air New Zealand on 1 April 1965 It took the registration ZK CLX At the time of the accident ZK TEC had the Air New Zealand logotype painted on its fuselage in anticipation of the name change Ownership and change of name EditIn April 1961 the Australian government decided to concentrate its subsidises with Qantas that commenced operating its own trans Tasman services in October 1961 and sold its shareholding in TEAL to the New Zealand Government giving it 100 ownership 30 On 1 April 1965 Tasman Empire Airways Limited was renamed Air New Zealand Limited with TEAL rebranded Air New Zealand at the same time as the Douglas DC 8 entered service 31 32 2 TEAL s airline designator TE continued on with Air New Zealand until 1989 Thereafter its international flights adopted the airline designator NZ formerly used by the New Zealand National Airways Corporation for its domestic flights Chairmen Edit1940 Norris Stephen Falla 33 1947 Leonard Monk Isitt 1963 Sir Andrew McKee 1965 Sir Geoffrey Roberts 34 See also EditHistory of Air New Zealand List of defunct airlines of New Zealand History of aviation in New ZealandReferences Edit a b New Zealand Companies Office Certificate of Incorporation Air New Zealand Limited PDF a b T E A L Renamed Air New Zealand The Press Vol 104 no 30654 21 January 1965 p 1 The United Kingdom The Commonwealth of Australia The Dominion of New Zealand 1940 Intergovernmental Agreement for Tasman Sea Air Services The United Kingdom The Commonwealth of Australia The Dominion of New Zealand 1949 Inter Governmental Agreement for the Continued Operation of the Regular Services Between Australia and New Zealand by Tasman Empire Airways Limited The United Kingdom The Commonwealth of Australia The Dominion of New Zealand 1956 Exchange of Notes Constituting an Agreement Terminating the Inter Governmental Agreement for the Continued Operation of the Regular Services Between Australia and New Zealand by Tasman Empire Airways Limited of 15 September 1949 First Flight Tasman Service Auckland Star Vol 71 no 101 30 April 1940 p 9 Empire Air Route The Press Vol 75 no 22732 9 June 1939 p 4 Empire Air Route Otago Daily Times No 24324 14 June 1940 p 8 Solent Opens Wgtn Sydney Air Service Gisborne Herald Vol 77 no 23375 4 October 1950 p 8 Great Day for Christchurch The Press Vol 86 no 26299 19 December 1950 p 6 First Flight to Melbourne The Press Vol 86 no 26300 20 December 1950 p 8 Trans Tasman Flights The Press Vol 86 no 26301 21 December 1950 p 7 a b Tasman Air Services The Press Vol 90 no 27355 21 May 1954 p 10 New Tasman Air Service The Press Vol 90 no 27389 30 June 1954 p 12 Reynolds Ron Coral Route Interview Interviewed by Sonya Van Schaijik Ron Reynolds daughter a b Keith Michael 12 April 2016 Service in the skies Auckland War Memorial Museum Retrieved 23 June 2021 Norfolk Island Air Service The Press Vol 92 no 27808 5 November 1955 p 2 Last Trip Made The Gisborne Herald Vol 74 no 22356 14 June 1947 p 4 Aotearoa to Withdraw The Otago Daily Times No 26609 4 November 1947 p 4 Tenders The Otago Daily Times No 26793 9 June 1948 p 1 a b Tasman Air Service Launches for the Base New Zealand Herald Vol 76 no 23371 13 June 1939 p 6 New Express Launch New Zealand Herald Vol 78 no 23867 18 January 1941 p 8 New Express Launch Tasman Airways Work New Zealand Herald Vol 78 no 24026 25 July 1941 p 9 Air Service to Chathams Inauguration in December The Press Vol 99 no 29331 10 October 1960 p 16 Chathams Flying Boat Service Reopened The Press Vol 99 no 29398 28 December 1960 p 8 Houghton Alan 17 June 2018 Tasmanair Waitemata Woodys Retrieved 27 October 2021 Our Aircraft ZK TEB TEAL Tasman Empire Airways Ltd L 188C Electra delivered 18 12 59 Bring our Birds Home Retrieved 26 October 2021 Our Aircraft ZK NZC TEAL Tasman Empire Airways Ltd Air NZ DC 8 52 delivered 17 09 65 Bring our Birds Home Retrieved 26 October 2021 TEAL Hostesses Thrilled Tealagram Vol 4 no 8 December 1960 p 4 Qantas annual report for year ended 31 March 1962 Qantas TEAL makes way for Air NZ Ltd Canberra Times 2 April 1965 page 11 TEAL Renamed Australian Transport 26 April 1965 Archived copy PDF Archived from the original PDF on 12 June 2017 Retrieved 16 May 2015 cite web CS1 maint archived copy as title link Lockstone Brian Geoffrey Newland Roberts Dictionary of New Zealand Biography Ministry for Culture and Heritage Retrieved 23 April 2017 Further reading EditBarton Gerry Heath Philip 2015 Coral Route Tasman Empire Airways Ltd Flying Boats amp the South Pacific Wellington Aotearoa Steele Roberts ISBN 9781927242896 Harrison Paul Lockstone Brian Anderson Any 1997 The Golden Age of New Zealand Flying Boats Auckland Random House ISBN 978 1869412999 Holmes Noel 1982 To Fly a Desk Sir Geoffrey Roberts Father of Air New Zealand Wellington Reed ISBN 0589014218 Little Paul 2014 Farrell Jenny ed Air New Zealand Celebrating 75 Years Auckland Bauer Media Group ISBN 9780473302511 McLintock A H ed 1966 Air Transport and Airports Early Progress Te Ara the Encyclopedia of New Zealand Retrieved 15 May 2021 Tealagrams Tealagram Tasman Empire Airways Limited 1955 1965 via Friends of the Solent Flying Boat Thomson I A 1968 A History of TEAL The Origins of Air New Zealand as an International Airline 1940 1967 PDF MA History Christchurch University of Canterbury Yarwood Vaughan Mason Geoff October December 1998 Wings of Desire New Zealand Geographic No 40 Electra training incident Whenuapai 27 March 1965 Aviation Safety Network Retrieved 16 February 2022 External links Edit Wikimedia Commons has media related to TEAL Tasman Air Service Newsreel Pathe News 1940 Retrieved 26 February 2022 Sydney 8 Hours Weekly Review No 330 Newsreel Wellington National Film Unit 1947 Retrieved 26 February 2022 TEAL Flying Boat Departure Wellington to Sydney Footage Wellington Laura Hayvice 1950s Retrieved 26 February 2022 Tahiti Newsreel British Pathe 1961 Retrieved 26 February 2022 Holiday for Susan Newsreel Wellington New Zealand National Film Unit 1962 Retrieved 26 February 2022 Tiara Tahiti Motion picture The Rank Organisation 1962 Retrieved 26 February 2022 Air New Zealand Douglas DC 8 52 Take off Cruise amp Landing Footage Geoffrey Thomas Air New Zealand Limited Douglas Aircraft Company 1965 Retrieved 27 February 2022 The Coral Route New Zealand s first package holiday Related material from Auckland War Memorial Museum TEAL advertising posters in the collection of the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa TongarewaPortals New Zealand Companies Aviation Retrieved from https en wikipedia org w index php title Tasman Empire Airways Limited amp oldid 1131698092, wikipedia, wiki, book, books, library,

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