FLIGHT OFFICERS HAT complete with the NAC Godwit metal Wings Insignia circa 1970. New Zealand National Airways Corporation, popularly known as NAC, was the national domestic airline of New Zealand from 1947 until 1978 when it amalgamated with New Zealand's international airline, Air New Zealand. The airline was headquartered in Wellington. NAC was itself a government-led amalgamation of RNZAF 40 Transport Squadron, Union Airways and a number of other smaller operators, including the country's first commercial air service Air Travel (NZ) Ltd. Although chiefly a domestic airline, in late 1947 NAC also provided international services to some nearby South Pacific countries, using converted ex-Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) Short Sunderland III's, as well as long-rang Douglas DC-3D's to Fiji via Norfolk Island.By the time of the 1978 merger with Air New Zealand, the fleet consisted of 25 aircraft comprising Boeing 737's and Fokker F27's. Engineering workshops were set up at Christchurch, Whenuapai (Auckland), Palmerston North, Gisborne and Nelson.
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