Prior to July 1991DHL had moved its air freight between Auckland and Sydney by purchasing air freight space on other carrier’s flights.
On the 16th of July 1991 DHL launched its own dedicated Trans-Tasman overnight air freight service from Sydney to Auckland and return. The first service was operated by Pel Air’s IAI Westwind VH-AJS. The Westwind carried anywhere from 300 to 600kgs each night and the service was immediately successful necessitating a larger aircraft. Boeing 727-77C VH-TBS (c/n 20278-768) which was owned by Rothchild Aircraft Leasing but leased to and operated by National Jet Systems was hired. This first 727 was capable of flying eight tonnes of air cargo across the Tasman. Connecting services were flown to Sydney from Melbourne using Metroliners and from Brisbane using Mitsubishi Mu2, VH-MUG.
For a photo of VH-TBS in DHL scheme see http://www.airliners.net/photo/DHL-(Premier-Airlines)/Boeing-727-77C/1511922/L/
For a photo of VH-DHE in its original DHL scheme see http://jetphotos.net/viewphoto.php?id=25554&nseq=124
|Tasman Cargo Airlines' Boeing 727-200 VH-DHE in the new colour scheme in Auckland on 15 May 2009|
|Leased from DHL Air (UK) Ltd, Boeing 757 G-BMRJ on approach to Auckland on 6 February 2011|
|Tasman Cargo Airlines' timetable in 2013|
Tasman Cargo Airlines’ own Boeing 757, G-CSVS, arrived in New Zealand on the 14th of August 2011 and has been flying the Tasman ever since. On 3 July 2013 it was placed on the Australian aircraft register as VH-TCA.
|Arriving back from Noumea, G-CSVS at Auckland on 12 May 2013|
|Wearing its Australian registration... Tasman Cargo Airlines' Boeing 757 VH-TCA|