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You will find the answer to the question regarding Queen Elizabeth II and her Air New Zealand DC-8 1974 and 1981 flights within the following History timeline for the Teal/Air New Zealand DC-8
Contract signed with the Douglas Aircraft Company for the purchase of three DC8 series 52 jets.
Official opening of Air New Zealand's jet base at Mangere by the Minister of Civil Aviation, Mr McAlpine. Arrival of first DC8 ZK-NZA, after a 6510-mile, nonstop flight from Long Beach to Auckland. The flight took 13 hours 32 minutes with an average speed of 530 mph against head winds averaging 40 mph.
Inaugural DC8 Christchurch-Sydney service.
First commercial services through new Auckland International Airport. An Electra from Nadi was the first international arrival. A DC8 flew out to Sydney.
Inaugural DC8 Auckland-Los Angeles service, via Nadi and Honolulu.
Official opening of new Auckland International Airport at Mangere with three-day pageant.
First DC8 Auckland-Hong Kong commercial service.
First DC8 Auckland-Brisbane service.
Inaugural DC8 Auckland-Singapore service
DC8 ZK-NZB crashed in training accident at Auckland. Two crew members killed - Captain Don McLachlan and flight engineer Gordon Tonkin.
First DC8 Auckland-Melbourne service.
First DC8 Christchurch-Melbourne service.
First DC8 Auckland-Nadi-Honolulu service, becoming the fourth flight per week to the USA.
First DC8 Wellington-Sydney service.
First DC8 Wellington-Melbourne service.
First DC8 Wellington-Brisbane service.
First of six DC8s converted to new livery, all DC8 fleet conversion finished during 1973.
First DC8 Auckland-Rarotonga service, weekly
Inaugural DC8 Coral Route service from Auckland to Tahiti via Nadi (Fiji), Pago Pago (American Samoa), Rarotonga (Cook Islands).
H.R.H. Queen Elizabeth II officially opened Rarotonga International Airport. Her Majesty, accompanied by Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips, then travelled on an Air New Zealand DC8 from Rarotonga to Christchurch to close the 1974 Summer Commonwealth Games.
First DC8 Christchurch-Wellington-Nadi service.
First DC8 Nadi-Wellington-Christchurch service.
DC8 aircraft (ZK-NZF) sold to McDonnell Douglas for lease to Cyprus Airways, reducing the fleet to five.
First DC8 Wellington-Pago Pago service, via Auckland.
First DC8 service from Auckland to Tokyo via Nadi.
Inaugural DC8 transpacific freighter service (aircraft chartered from US-based cargo airline, Flying Tigers).
Air New Zealand DC8, commanded by Captain Fred Douglas, carried H.M the Queen and H.R.H. the Duke of Edinburgh from Adelaide to Christchurch to begin their tour of New Zealand.
H.M. the Queen and H.R.H. the Duke of Edinburgh leave Auckland bound for Perth on board DC8 under the command of Captain Fred Douglas.
Captain Keith Walsh commands the final flight by a DC8 passenger aircraft from Melbourne to Wellington bringing to an end Air New Zealand's international services through Wellington Airport.
Last flight by the DC8 Freighter to the United States due to new United States noise regulations.