Taking the Interchange

Unable to compete with direct widebody links to Los Angeles, British Airways partnered with Air New Zealand to transform the Californian city into the perfect pitstop. Fred Barnes looks back at their 1970s ‘Through Service Agreement’.

The Vickers Super VC10’s inability to compete with newer widebody airliners on transpacific routes prompted BOAC to begin exploring alternatives.
Two McDonnell Douglas DC-10s, ZK-NZS (c/n 46954) and ZK-NZT (c/n 46950), await their next services at Heathrow. The former is now used as an instructional airframe at Havana/ José Martí.

During the late 1970s McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30s in the attractive turquoise and blue livery of Air New Zealand were regular visitors to London Heathrow Airport. But despite wearing the ‘Koru’ logo on the tail fin, the trijets were operated by British Airways (BA) on its scheduled services from its hub to Los Angeles.

Become a Premium Member to Read More

This is a premium article and requires an active Key.Aero subscription to view.

I’m an existing member, sign me in!

I don’t have a subscription…

Enjoy the following subscriber only benefits:

  • Unlimited access to all KeyAero content
  • Exclusive in-depth articles and analysis, videos, quizzes added daily
  • A fully searchable archive – boasting hundreds of thousands of pieces of quality aviation content
  • Access to read all our leading aviation magazines online - meaning you can enjoy the likes of FlyPast, Aeroplane Monthly, AirForces Monthly, Combat Aircraft, Aviation News, Airports of the World, PC Pilot and Airliner World - as soon as they leave the editor’s desk.
  • Access on any device- anywhere, anytime
  • Choose from our offers below