|Oshkosh Express arrived in grand style on the plaza at AirVenture 2010 from Australia and New Zealand.
The famous Oshkosh Express will make a dramatic return in 2013, when a state-of-the-art Boeing 777 will deliver more than 340 aviation enthusiasts from Australia and New Zealand to Oshkosh.
The original 747 Oshkosh Express was organized more than 30 years ago by Avtours Australia, now teamed up with House of Travel in New Zealand to relaunch the epic charter flight.
Air New Zealand's "All Black" 777 will make the 8,000-mile-plus (13,000 km) journey to Wittman Regional Airport next summer.
Bob Phillips and Dave Thomas of Avtours Australia pioneered the Oshkosh Express, and now Bob's daughter Karene is continuing the Avtours tradition.
"It is so exciting to bring back the Oshkosh Express, especially with such an innovative and advanced aircraft," Karene Phillips said.
The world's only black 777, Air New Zealand 777, features a revolutionary interior, with lie-flat beds in economy class, new premium economy and business class seat designs, as well as a state-of-the-art touch-screen digital entertainment system.
The flight, dubbed the ANZAC Oshkosh Express, reflects the close relationship between New Zealand and Australia during the two world wars. ANZAC stands for "Australia and New Zealand Army Corps."
Registration for the ANZAC Oshkosh Express launched this week, allowing charter passengers to register for early discounts in business, premium economy, and economy classes.
For more information or to register for the ANZAC Oshkosh Express, visit www.HOTstephenparsons.co.nz/Oshkosh2013, or www.AvTours.com.au.