Post by aerofoto - HJG Admin on Feb 22, 2022 17:20:42 GMT
In regard to the NZNAC BAC ONE-ELEVEN: I've told this story a couple times previously, but, for the benefit of those whom have forgotten, or missed it, or otherwise be completely unaware of historical events ....
During the 1960's NZNAC, like most of the worlds major airlines, were intent upon acquiring jet equipment .... as a replacement for it's VISCOUNT 800 turboprops in the case of this government owned NZ domestic airline.
NZ being a British Commonwealth country (which it still remains .... for the time being at least) had historically, but not entirely, selected British aircraft equipment .... through both political influence/pressure from the UK as well as NZ's then government inspired "Buy British" mentality.
In the case of NZNAC though this preference began to change during the very late 1960's/very early 1960's when the airline acquired F27 turboprops in preference to the similar British HP HERALD .... and despite political pressure having been applied to the contrary.
During the mid 1960's NZNAC evaluated the B727 (which shared certain performance commonalty with the then yet to built B737), BAC ONE-ELEVEN, DC-9-10, and SE 210 CARAVELLE as jet contenders for NZ domestic routes.
Intense political pressure was applied to try'n force NZNAC into buying BAC ONE-ELEVEN's .... and which the NZ government endorsed on behalf of the UK for a time .... until hierarchy within airline very convincingly pointed out (on the strength of its already having thoroughly analysed 4 prospective short/medium range jet contenders) that the "yet to be built" B737-200 was indeed "THE VERY BEST OPTION" for NZNAC. In particular the airline stressed that the slat-less wing of both the BAC ONE-ELEVEN, and DC-9-10, couldn't promote either jet being able to fly slowly, and comfortably, enough when subjected to the worst of Wellington's legendary turbulence .... whereas the B737-200 could "on the basis of known B727 performance".
The airlines choice of the B727-200 "DID NOT" amuse the UK government .... a situation which threatened to erupt a trade war between NZ and one of it primary trading partners at the time, but the airline, having finally convinced the NZ government, acquired B737-200's anyway .... and never looked back prior to more recently acquiring A320's during the early 2000's albeit under its modern AIR NZ domestic guise.
The "political games/manipulation" didn't end with NZNAC's purchase of the B737-200 though. The airline also required a B737-200 simulator for pilot training. It's options, at the time, were the US CONDUCTRON or British REDIFON products. A classic argument then erupted between the airline and its NZ government principle in regard to what it wanted versus what it would be allowed to acquire .... and which is (amusingly) recorded as having gone like this ....
The NZ TRANSPORT MINISTER summoned the NZNAC CEO (a NZ government appointee) into his office stating .... "YOU GOT THE AEROPLANE YOU WANTED .... NOW WE'VE GOTTA DO SOMETHING FOR THE BRITISH .... SO IN REGARD TO THE SIMULATOR YOU'LL BUY BRITISH AND LIKE IT"
To which the airline CEO simply responded .... "WE'LL BUY IT MINISTER .... BUT WE WON'T LIKE IT"
NZNAC did end up buying the British REDIFON simulator though .... and was "well satisfied with it" .... to the extent of again selecting the REFIFON product when AIR NZ updated its simulator during the 1980's.
So this, in accordance with Tony's, NZNAC BAC ONE-ELEVEN texture, is the story of how NZ nearly ended up with either the BAC ONE-ELEVEN (200 or 400 .... probably the latter) or DC-9-10 but didn't. One of our team painters may be presenting a similar 1960's liveried NZNAC DC-9-10 later on and to accompany this texture.