|The airliners that weren't... Mitsubishi MU2B ZK-WAL was considered unsuitable for Masterton's unsealed Hood airfield. Photographed at Christchurch on 19 January 1985...|
|Partenavia ZK-LAL was to be the backup aircraft and carried Wairarapa Airlines titles. It is shown at Masterton on 8 January 1981.|
|All printed but in the end the wrong aircraft on the ticket... The Mitsubishi never entered service|
|Piper Pa31-350 Chieftain ZK-PKC at Christchurch on 26 December 1988|
Weekday flights from Masterton to Auckland and Christchurch began on 17 August 1981. The Chieftain had an early morning departure for Auckland before returning to Masterton. The aircraft then headed south to Christchurch, returning to Masterton by mid-afternoon. The schedule was later changed so that on a Wednesday the Chieftain would spend the whole day in Auckland offering Masterton business people a same day return service. From November 1983 the company introduced a late Friday afternoon Masterton-Auckland service which returned in the early evening.
|Piper Cherokee 6 ZK-ERL was used for charter. It is seen at Masterton on the 12th of July 1982.|
|The second Chieftain, ZK-WAI, displaying the company's Hansell's ownership at Masterton on 16 January 1986|
Christmas 1984 presented Wairarapa Airlines with an unexpected Christmas bonus. Air New Zealand was affected by strike action with flights galore cancelled in the days before Christmas. Along with many other commuter airlines and aero clubs Wairarapa Airlines was quick to step in and offer extra flights for the desperate Christmas travellers stranded by the strike action.
|ZK-PAI was only operated by Wairarapa Airlines for a relatively short time. It is seen here at Christchurch on the 24th of November 1985.|
|ZK-PKC looking rather bland at Palmerston North on the 20th of December 1993...|
|...and rather sad at Christchurch on the 8th of March 1994 (Photo : The Press).|
A big thanks to the staff of Archive Wairarapa for helping with my research at Masterton!