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.
FRED BARNES
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.
FRED BARNES

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.

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