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Air New Zealand turns Sydney ferry into flying boat

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Air New Zealand turns Sydney ferry into flying boat

Air New Zealand last week transformed a Sydney ferry into a replica of a 1940s-era flying boat to mark the airline’s 75th anniversary.

Air New Zealand last week transformed a Sydney ferry into a replica of a 1940s-era flying boat to mark the airline’s 75th anniversary.

Air New Zealand’s first ever service, onboard the Short S30 flying boat Aotearoa, took nine hours to travel from Auckland to Sydney with just nine passengers on board. Today the flight can be achieved in less than four hours.

Sydney ferry passengers travelling to the city from Rose Bay were treated to a trip down memory lane with the interior of Sydney’s iconic Lady Herron Ferry transformed to resemble a 1940s flying boat.

Air New Zealand cabin crew invited passengers to take their seats, complete with lap straps, while character actors recreated the 1940s flight experience and ‘The Starr Sisters’ provided 1940s-style entertainment.

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