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The first commercially significant scheduled airlines in the country were established in 1935 and 1936, and by 1939 a passenger could travel the length of the country in relative comfort. Scheduled trans-Tasman services began in 1940.
With the establishment of Government-owned airlines in the late 1940s equipped with ex-RNZAF aircraft, an extensive internal airline network emerged. Turboprop and pure jet airlines were introduced from the late 1950s and late 1960s respectively, and a level of competition was allowed from the late 1980s.
Externally, Tasman Empire Airways has developed from a single-route two aircraft operation into Air New Zealand's international operations through the Pacific and Asia, with flights also to Europe and North America.
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