THE OVERSEAS FLIGHTS
1991, 1 April
AUCKLAND-NAGOYA, JAPANAir New Zealand commenced a weekly service by Boeing 767 ZK-NBA.
1991, 1 July
AUCKLAND-NUKUALOFA, TONGA SERVICEInaugurated by Royal Tongan Airways Boeing 737-200 H4-SAL leased from Solomon Islands Airlines. Although the Tongan Post Office had announced that mail would be flown to Auckland, N.Z. Post only decided to place mail on the flight to Tonga shortly before departure time. An unofficial cachet was used on some Tongan covers.
1992, 26 June-1993, 21 August
WELLINGTON-CHATHAM ISLANDS AND RETURN SERVICEWas operated by Vincent Aviation Company using VH-KAM. This service was originally scheduled to commence with Riley Heron ZK-TAJ which arrived by sea from Launceston, Tasmania but was not granted a certificate of airworthiness. It is not known if any unofficial mail was carried on this service.
1992, 7 August
AUCKLAND-PITCAIRN ISLANDRNZAF Air Drop.
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1992, 11 November
TAGANROG, RUSSIA-AUCKLAND, NZ.Special flight of the Beriev A-40 Albatross amphibian to Air Expo '92 which was held at Auckland International Airport. The route was Taganrog-Dubai 11 Nov, to Colombo on 12th, Jakarta on 13th, Perth 14th, Sydney 15th and Auckland on 20 November. 10,000 souvenir covers were flown from Russia and were backstamped on arrival with the Air Expo '92 cachet. 500 covers received the HYAT OFFICIAL AIR EXPO DINNER cachet, a "Russian Manufacturers" cachet was applied to a further 250 and final 1,000 received the "Air New Zealand Limited Edition" cachet. The aircraft also carried 160 miscellaneous Russian covers.
1993, 18 June
PARIS-AUCKLAND NON-STOP LONG DISTANCE RECORD FLIGHTBy A340-200 Airbus F-WWBA jetliner in 21 hours 31 minutes. The Airbus flew from Le Bourget Airport, Paris to Auckland International Airport, a distance of 19,808km, and after a five hour refuelling stopover, flew non-stop back to Paris. The route from Paris took the aircraft over Hamburg, Siberia, Japan, Solomon Islands and New Caledonia to Auckland. Four pilots, including Pierre Baud, Nick Warner and Gerard Guyot were used. Some official letters were carried to various dignitaries.
1993, 4 November
AUCKLAND-BRISBANE-SEOULAir New Zealand inaugurated a return service with Boeing 767-300 ZK-NCF. The airline produced special souvenir covers depicting the flag of South Korea.
1994, 17 February
AUCKLAND-SYDNEY 60TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE FIRST OFFICIAL TRANS TASMANAir mail by Charles T.P. Ulm. Approximately 110 special covers were prepared by the Aeropex 94 committee in Adelaide and sent by packet post to the Chief Post Office, Auckland where a special "inkjet" two-line cancellation was applied. This reads "AUCKLAND NZ FEBRUARY 17 1994 - 60TH ANNIVERSARY TRANS TASMAN AIRMAIL".
1994, 10 & 16 September
AIR FRANCE CONCORDE FLIGHTS PARIS-CHRISTCHURCH & RETURNSpecially prepared aerogrammes are known, with cachets, for both flights.
1994, 6 October
CATALINA DELIVERY FLIGHT ZIMBABWE-NEW ZEALAND250 specially printed flight covers were carried by a Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina flying boat from Harare to Auckland (backstamped 26 Oct).
1994, 17 December
WORLD GLIDING CHAMPIONSHIPS, OMARAMACovers datestamped at Zurich 17.12.94 were flown to NZ and delivered to the Swiss team at Omarama. These were datestamped Omarama 7 Jan 1995
1995, 29 January
ADELAIDE-AUCKLAND-WELLINGTON-MELBOURNE ROUND TRIPThis solo flight was made by Jon Johanson in a Vans RV4 aircraft, reg VH-NOJ. 10 signed covers and 10 postcards were flown.
1996, 5-16 February
ADELAIDE-AUCKLAND-INVERCARGILL-MELBOURNE ROUND TRIPThis solo flight was made by Jon Johanson in a Vans RV4 aircraft, reg VH-NOJ. Franked with $1 Australian postage and also NZ $1 postage and pilot signed. 10 covers and 10 aerogrammes were flown.
1997, 27 October
AIR NZ JAL, FIRST POOL FLIGHTS AUCKLAND-TOKYO & RETURNTrans Air Philair Club airmail postcards are known flown both ways. The flight from Japan also called at Christchurch.
1997, 31 December
60TH ANNIVERSARY OF FIRST NZ-USA TRANS-PACIFIC OFFICIAL AIRMAIL FLIGHT 1938Illustrated covers were issued by the AMSNZ and these were postmarked at Auckland with a special inkjet cancellation reading "60th Anniversary NZ-USA First Airmail" and then flown by Air NZ to Hawaii and datestamped at Honolulu, 2 Jan.
1998, 20-24 July & 3 August
INAUGURATION OF CODESHARING FLIGHTS AIR NZ & LUFTHANSAThe Trans World Philair Club (TWPC) organized special pictorial postcards to be used at Frankfurt for the first flights from there to Christchurch via Singapore on 20 July and to Auckland via USA on 24 July. The covers bear various cachets and cancels. The 3 August flight was the first using the Boeing 767 from Singapore.
1998, 12 October
MEDICAL EMERGENCY FLIGHT CHRISTCHURCH-MCMURDO SOUND & RETURNAn RNZAF Hercules flew to Antarctica on 12 October and returned the following day Some mail, consisting of Shades Stamp Shop's Air Polarogrammes No 11 was carried.
1998, 13 October
70TH ANNIVERSARY OF FIRST TRANS-TASMAN FLIGHT
BY KINGSFORD SMITH IN 1928
1999, 30 January
MEDIVAC EMERGENCY FLIGHT SOUTH POLE-MCMURDO-CHRISTCURCHCovers franked with a USPO meter at the South Pole Station were carried by a US ski-equipped Hercules via McMurdo to Christchurch Airport. An Indian stroke victim was taken from a Norwegian vessel via a South African helicopter and German Twin Otter to the South Pole for transfer to the US plane.
1999, 17 February
FINAL ANTARCTIC FLIGHT BY LC130 HERCULES OF THE US NAVY SQUADRON
FROM MCMURDO BASE TO CHRISTCHURCH
1999, 11 July
MIDWINTER SOUTH POLE MEDICAL EMERGENCY FLIGHT
TO & FROM CHRISTCHURCH
1999, 12-17 October
ANTARCTIC MEDIVAC FLIGHT CHRISTCHURCH-MCMURDO-SOUTH POLE
1999, 15 October
FIRST GLOBEMASTER FLIGHT CHRISTCHURCH-MCMURDO & RETURNCovers were taken on this flight and datestamped on return at Christchurch with Ross Dependency Agency postmark 18 Oct.
2000, 6 April
AIRCALIN (AIR CALEDONIA INTERNATIONAL) FIRST REGULAR FLIGHT
2000, 22 May
AIR FRANCE CONCORDE CHRISTCHURCH-SYDNEYA Concorde visiting Christchurch for several days took some covers to Australia.
AIR CHINA INAUGURAL FLIGHT TO AUCKLAND1500 flight covers from China were backstamped at Auckland on arrival.