23 October 2018

Whangarei Service Delayed

The Auckland airline offering cheaper flights between Whangārei and Auckland has put back its start date by a week. Fly My Sky was expecting to start the $99 flights today using 10-seater Britten-Norman Islander aircraft. But the company's co-owner Keith McKenzie said last minute hitches had delayed the launch. Signs had not been delivered and engineers were waiting for a part from Canada for one plane. The flights are now scheduled to start next Monday.

Deepest Sympathy to the Rutherford and Glenorchy Air Families

Yesterday evening (Monday October 22) Glenorchy Air chief pilot and co-owner Robert Rutherford, 71, was undertaking property maintenance when he fell and passed away. Robert Rutherford and his wife Janet founded Glenorchy Air Services and Tourist Company in 1992. In November 2017 they celebrated 25 years of operating scenic flights, charters and tours to many destinations in the South Island and are well known by many in the community. The company has temporarily suspended commercial operations as a mark of respect for staff, family and friends. Glenorchy Air requests privacy for the family at this sad time.

Source : Media statement from Glenorchy Air

Things not looking great

In yesterday's Dominion Post there was an Advertisement of Application for putting air2there into liquidation. The application was filed on 25 September 2018 by Nelson Airport Ltd with the case to be heard on 6 November.

This follows air2there's Beech Super King Air being last flown on 10 September and Originair's Jetstreams were last used on 12 September. The Jetstreams were operated for Originair by air2there and since then Originair's services have been operated by Air Wanganui. 

The airline has not operated its Paraparaumu-Blenheim-Nelson-Paraparaumu triangle since earlier this year. If anyone has a last date for this service I would be interested for the records.

17 October 2018

The Latest...

From Oceania Air's Facebook page...

There has been a recent scam to try and get funding for the airline on give-a-little nz. The page is in the process of being taken down.

Investors MUST approach us privately by phone, email, or facebook messenger. We will NEVER publicly ask for money.

Please be aware and contact us immediately if you suspect there is a scam out there under our airlines name.

Thank you for your co-operation.

C.E.O Oceania Air Ltd

SDD in Service

Barrier Air's newest Cessna Caravan ZK-SDD entered service on 17 October 2018. It is photographed at Auckland on 16 October 2018

16 October 2018

Barrier Air Unveils New Colour Scheme and Caravan

Out of the paint shop is Barrier Air's newest Cessna Grand Caravan ZK-SDD and it is wearing the company's new colour scheme which will be applied to the fleet. The aircraft previously was operated by Sounds Air as ZK-SAW. 

It looks as if ZK-SDD will be in service this weekend with Barrier Air scheduling a number of additional flights for the long weekend. The airline has also expanded the number of scheduled flights between Auckland and Great Barrier Island from this week.

14 October 2018

More Hamilton Flights

Another six commercial flights will be arriving and departing from Hamilton Airport each week. The airport's patronage continued to increase as Air New Zealand announced it would increase its Hamilton-Christchurch capacity by 11 per cent from the end of October. There are to be an additional four direct flights between the cities each week. The new Christchurch to Hamilton services will fly on Tuesdays and Saturdays, while flights from Hamilton to Christchurch will be on Tuesdays and Sundays. The 68-seater ATR aircraft will provide the new services in and out of Hamilton. Two more direct flights will also be offered between Hamilton and Wellington, both on Mondays - one flying south, the other coming north. Waikato Regional Airport Ltd chief executive Mark Morgan said the new flights should be "easily sustainable". "We're seeing some very competitive fares on direct routes between Hamilton, Wellington, Christchurch and Palmerston North and that's being reflected in increased passenger numbers across the board," Morgan said. "For many travellers Hamilton is now an affordable, more convenient option than other airports, including Auckland." The extra flights will mean 408 more seats are on offer each week from Hamilton Airport, presenting a strong possibility of around 7000 passengers will pass through the airport's gates each week. The services will be provided by the 68-seater ATR turboprop aircraft, and come close on the tail of the new Friday flight launched between Hamilton and Wellington in April of this year. Waikato Regional Airport Ltd also announced at its recent annual general meeting that it achieved strong financial performance in the 2017/18 financial year. The company declared its second consecutive dividend, addressing the five councils that own shares in the airport. It is a council-controlled organisation owned by Hamilton City, Otorohanga, Waipā, Waikato and Matamata-Piako district councils. Also included in the stable are wholly-owned subsidiaries Titanium Park Limited and Hamilton & Waikato Tourism Ltd. A total dividend of $250,000 will be paid out to the shareholders based on earnings from the 2017/2018 year. Last year was the first time since 2012 that airport operations made a profit, independent of the wider group of companies. Since 2016, the airport had returned a profit largely on the back of land development.

11 October 2018

Third Caravan

As indicated earlier in this blog Sounds Air's Cessna 208B Grand Caravan ZK-SAW (c/n 208B2087)  and has been sold to Barrier Air and reregistered as ZK-SDD on 10 October 2018. The previous day ZK-SAW flew from Feilding to Napier.

09 October 2018

Ardmore Flights to Whitianga and Great Barrier Island

Something to watch out for... the ad below has appeared on the Air Auckland website but when you click the link "Nothing to book right now. Check back soon"  appears.

What is interesting is the picture is of a Sunair Aztec so one wonders if there is some kind of deal about to be done between the two operators?

08 October 2018

Norfolk Island Air Service Still on the Cards

New Zealand domestic airline Air Chathams says it is hoping to have a service to Norfolk Island in place by early next year. Norfolk has been without a New Zealand airlink for more than a year and its tourism industry has been suffering as a result. Air Chathams had earlier revealed plans for flights to start in September but company spokesman Duane Emeny says they struck some unforeseen obstacles. "Yeah it's been a longer process than we would have hoped. We are still working through some of the regulatory requirements and we have just recently taken on the Auckland to Kapiti air service and that has put quite a lot of strain on our resources. So we just don't want to rush into anything with Norfolk. We want to make sure when we start that service we do a really good job, live up to our reputation." Duane Emeny says Norfolk hosts a series of festivals early next year and Air Chathams wants to be ready to provide a service in time for those events.

Source : https://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/368159/norfolk-air-service-delayed