Retired airliner reconstructed in New Zealand

A former Air New Zealand ATR 72 is being rebuilt by a group from the country’s Classic Flyers organisation

A team of volunteers at Classic Flyers based in Tauranga, New Zealand, have made significant progress on their rebuild of ATR 72 ZK-MCJ. The retired airliner, which formerly flew with Air New Zealand, is destined to be used as a training aid by JNP Aviation, who are also based at Tauranga.

In a statement, Classic Flyers thanked their hard-working volunteers and said: “This will become an impressive training device for the JNP business and a very distinct asset on the Tauranga Airport.”

The ATR 72 was withdrawn from New Zealand’s civil register last March. Shortly afterwards, the aircraft’s wings and tail were removed from the fuselage, enabling the various parts to be trucked to their new home.

Courtesy Cory Tyler-Classic Flyers
Courtesy Cory Tyler-Classic Flyers
Courtesy Cory Tyler-Classic Flyers