07 October 2015

Odds and Sods

My first photo at Te Kowhai since my arrival in Hamilton... Jodel D18 ZK-JVG on 27 September 2015
Giving a new meaning to under tow, Piper Pawnee ZK-PNE at Tauranga on 28 September 2015

Cessna 172 ZK-DXO at Hamilton on 28 September 2015
My first photo of  a China Eastern aircraft Airbus B-5908 in Skyteam livery at Auckland on 29 September 2015
Air New Zealand Airbus 320 ZK-OJH in mostly Star Alliance livery at Auckland on 29 September 2015

Boeing, Boeing, Gone - 13

The final photos of the Boeing 737-200... ZK-NAI in the new Pacific Wave colour scheme at Auckland on 6 October 1998
and ZK-NQC with the All Blacks branding at Auckland on 11 January 1999

06 October 2015

Boeing, Boeing, Gone - 12

A couple of interesting white schemes...  Boeing 737 ZK-NEE was previously operated by Ansett New Zealand... there the different Air New Zealand titles. Photo taken at Christchurch on 2 January 1999.
An all white Boeing 737 ZK-NAL at Dunedin on 20 September 1992, a couple of weeks after arrival from Malaysian Airlines

Sounds Air's Blenheim-Napier service to start in November

Sounds Air have announced their intention to commence services between Blenheim and Napier. Sounds Air's webpage reports, "The service starts in Blenheim on the 5th November and we will be operating six flights a week initially but we plan for more as the service grows. Our service from Blenheim to Napier is in our Pilatus PC12 aircraft, offering excellent safety, reliability and passenger comfort. This direct service connects two wine regions making travelling for business and pleasure easy, our convenient schedule allows for day or weekend trips!"

Sounds Air is delighted to announce the commencement of a new Blenheim to Napier scheduled air service. Available to book now, the service will start on the 5th November 2015 with a 06:30 a.m. departure from Blenheim to Napier. The return flight will return at 08:00. The initial schedule will be as follows:- 

Thursday and Friday Only   

Blenheim to Napier - Depart 06:30 - Arrive 07:20
                                 - Depart 17:00 - Arrive 17:50 
Napier to Blenheim - Depart 08:00 - Arrive 08:50 
                                 - Depart 18:30  Arrive 19:20 

There will be also be a late afternoon return flight on Sundays and an early morning flight on Monday. 

Sounds Air sees the route as complementary to our existing services from Wellington to Picton, Blenheim, Taupo, Westport and Nelson and also the Blenheim to Paraparaumu and Nelson Paraparaumu sectors. 

The fares will be fixed as follows:- 

                             Adult       Child 
Internet Fare        $ 249        $ 239 
Standard Fare      $ 269        $ 259 
Ten Trip Fare      $ 2,290 ($ 229 each) 

Like all Sounds Air flights there are no credit card fees, no more than one bag fees, no travel insurance fees. What we say is what you pay. With a flight time of 50 minutes this is very cost and time effective way to travel between New Zealand’s two premier wine regions. We expect the route to appeal to business and leisure travellers alike. 

The route will be flown in one of our Pilatus PC12 turbine powered aircraft. The same aircraft we are utilising on the Wellington to Westport and Taupo sectors that have had such a great response from our passengers. We are very open to expanding the schedule but will get the initial service established before looking at additional flights.

Reservations - http://www.soundsair.com/

05 October 2015

North Shore Air starts Kerikeri service

North Shore Air operated its first North Shore to Kerikeri service yesterday, 4 October 2015. The service was flown under the command of Chief Pilot Daryl Williamson in the company's Piper Navajo ZK-JGA. The company is offering twice daily services between North Shore and Tauranga and daily services between North Shore and Kerikeri.

Photo of the first service from North Shore Air's Facebook page.

Seeking a boost in Inter-Provincial Travel

Nelson will be the next target for Destination Manawatu as it launches a new campaign to encourage travel to the region. The campaign was launched on October 3 to support  Originair's  services between Nelson and Palmerston North, with the hopes of luring visitors from the top of the South Island to Manawatu. Destination Manawatu chief executive Lance Bickford said there would be a  focus on the weekend of November 20-22. "That weekend we will have Big Boys Toys here, in what is their first [event] outside of Auckland. "More than that though, there is also Cross Hills Garden's Country Fair, Centrepoint's new show Boys at the Beach, speedway and Te Manawa's Dust Devils exhibition. "We have so much going on in our region, people just need to know about it." The campaign was described as "multimedia",  largely advertised through social media. It would be based around  giving people the chance to win a weekend for two to Palmerston North City and Manawatu, including flights with Originair , accommodation, rental car and double passes to the main events. They simply needed to sign up to Destination Manawatu's online newsletter, which would then be used to further inform Nelson/Marlborough residents of upcoming events that would be of interest to them. A marketer from Destination Manawatu would also be in Nelson dropping campaign material, including the latest issue of The Page magazine. The Page was Originair's inflight magazine, which included Manawatu content and would be used to further boost Manawatu's presence to the top of the South Island. A travel editor from Wild Tomato, a popular Nelson publication, would also be hosted in Palmerston North. Bickford said Nelson and Marlborough were a great region to focus the campaign on. "With a catchment of more than 250,000 people, [it] is a good market for us, with many people having friends and relatives in Manawatu. "We want to work with Originair , the first of our two new carriers flying into Palmerston North, and our partners in Nelson, to ensure that this route is sustainable into the future. "Increasing the visiting friends and relatives from these regions will have a strong impact on retail and event spending by visitors. "We want to further support the significant tourism opportunities our region is experiencing, and encourage more people to utilise these air services for their weekend adventures here." Originair  touched down into Palmerston North on August 12, with Jetstar also announcing in August it would be adding Palmerston North to its regional routes starting from February 2016.

Boeing, Boeing, Gone - 11

Some leased Boeing 737s... G-BAZI was leased from Cymru Airways International and is seen at Palmerston North on 16 January 1986
Leased from Royal Brunei Boeing 737 V8-UEB at Christchurch on 21 March 1987.
It later joined Air New Zealand as ZK-NAZ
Leased from Britannia, Boeing 737 G-BHWF at Christchurch on  28 February 1988
It later joined Air New Zealand as ZK-NAI

04 October 2015

Boeing, Boeing, Gone - 10

Boeing 737 ZK-NAS carried a white cheat line between the teal and blue stripes... I always felt the stripes sweeping up the tail looked better than this. Photo taken at Palmerston North on 21 February 1985
And later the white stripe was enlarged.  Photo taken at Christchurch on 26 December 1991
The standard scheme on Boeing 737 ZK-NAA at Christchurch on 11 June 2000

Island Flyers

Flying off to Motiti Island from Tauranga on 28 September 2015 was Adventure Aviation's Cessna 172 operating for Island Air.
Departing for Great Barrier Island on 29 September 2015 was Fly My Sky's BN Islander ZK-PIY...
...which was followed a few minutes later by Barrier Air's Cessna Grand Caravan ZK-SDB

03 October 2015

Boeing, Boeing, Gone - 9

Boeing 737 ZK-NQC was the quick change aircraft that was used for overnight freight work. I was delighted to catch it on freight operations during daylight at Christchurch on 6 February 1985