|Beech V35B Bonanza, ZK-EDJ, taken at Christchurch on 21 January 1985.|
The company had always intended to operate an IFR scheduled service and so imported a Piper Pa31-310 Navajo, VH-TRP previously used by the Victorian state premier from Australia. The Navajo, reregistered ZK-JGA (c/n 31-7612102), was introduced to the Alexandra-Wanaka-Christchurch service in October 1985 with Neil Abbott as the pilot.
|Piper Pa31 Navajo ZK-JGA shortly after arriving from Australia on 16 October 1985 wearing its Australian registration VH-TRP|
|Piper Pa31 Navajo ZK-JGA at Christchurch 9 April 1986.|
On the 2nd of April 1986 the company moved its base to Christchurch and inaugurated a morning Christchurch-Wellington return service before operating a Christchurch-Alexandra-Queenstown-Christchurch service. Despite Gerald Shirtcliff, the company’s managing director, advocating a fare $ 14 less than Air New Zealand’s normal fare and the aircraft’s leather seats, the reality was the company had to compete against Boeing 737s. Following the flight to Wellington the Navajo flew to Queenstown and Alexandra, again stopping at Wanaka as required.