14 December 2009

Sunair Introduce Whitianga-Auckland Air Service

In Novermber 2009 Sunair announced the introduction of a new twice daily Whitianga to Auckland service. The company announced that flights would Flights leave Whitianga at 8am and 2.30pm and return from Auckland at 9.30am and 4pm using Cessna 172 or Piper Aztec aircraft and being flown by local pilot, Charlie Chilwell. Whitianga had not had a scheduled service to Auckland for ten years. The service began on Monday 14 December using Cessna 172 ZK-DHN carrying two passengers. The local newspaper, the Coromandel Peninsula Post, reported that "there are a number of forward bookings and things are looking very positive. 'Generally there’s a lot of interest.'"

Sunair would have to be New Zealand's most extensive third level operation. In total it operates 9 Piper Aztecs and the Cessna 172 to eight North Island destinations in addition to Auckland and Whitianga.

Sunair's Cessna 172 ZK-DHN at Tauranga on 1 September 2009

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