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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.

Membership . . .

Membership of the Society is open to all individuals and organisations who are interested in New Zealand aviation and its history.

As a member, each quarter you will receive THE AERO HISTORIAN. This is a publication with well-researched and varied articles. They are a valuable resource for many organisations and enthusiasts like you. You also get the opportunity to buy back-issues at greatly discounted prices and advance purchase opportunities for new publications by AHSNZ and others. .

There is an index to past features in AHSNZ publications compiled in February 1991 by a member. We are looking into an updated edition, but we welcome any enquiries on specific or broad information needs and interests which can be found from our archives.

Once you have joined the Society, we encourage you to contribute to our publications and to exchange information, etc with fellow members on subjects as diverse as historical aeroplanes, people, places, visits and events, or on the current aviation scene here in New Zealand. .

The financial year runs from April to March, and current New Zealand subscription rates are as follows:
Full membership . . . . . . . . . .$NZ52.00

Overseas (Airmail postage)
- Australia, South Pacific . . . .$NZ57.00
- all other countries . . . . . . . .$NZ70.00

See the Membership Application Form for further details.

A copy of the Society’s Rules can be obtained on request from the Membership Secretary –

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updated 5May2016