For Central Queensland plane spotters, ZK-NBV operated a number of charter flights over recent years on behalf of the Singapore Armed Forces, flying between Singapore's Changi Airport and Rockhampton Airport, flying troops to participate in Exercise Wallaby.
I believe its last visit to Rocky occurred over Tuesday 22 October and Wednesday 23 October last year when it positioned from Auckland to Rockhampton before operating a charter flight to Singapore and back to Rocky.
On Wednesday 23 October 2013, ZK-NBV departed Rockhampton for the last time, ferrying empty as ANZ6032 back to Auckland.
To mark the end of the 33 years of Air New Zealand flying the B747-400 - as well as the 'classic' B747-200 - the company will reportedly be holding staff open days at their Auckland Jetbase. It is understood ZK-NBV will soon head overseas for maintenance and re-delivery to continue its passenger flying career - which is great news.
File photos taken by 'IAD' ©