|Piper Pa32 Cherokee 6 ZK-ENZ, 'Lil Island Hopper', at North Shore Airport on 28 November 1996.|
The new "Fly Barrier 69" service initially offered six flights each week, with a single return flight on Mondays, Fridays Saturdays and Sundays and a return morning and return late afternoon service on Wednesdays. In July 1993 the Barrier Bulletin carried an advertisement which stated, “After the first month our new North Shore-Claris service we are overwhelmed by the support from folk on both sides of the water.” At this time the company also dropped the return airfare for islanders by $36 to $99 return.
|Barrier Bulletin, June 1993|
|Barrier Bulletin, May 1994|
|NZ Air Services Britten Norman Islander, ZK-WNZ, at North Shore on the 11th of March 1996.|
While NZ Air Service initially made a profit it was forced to cut prices to match its competitors when a real air war was being fought over Great Barrier services. Unwilling to carry the losses long-term John Dale, in a surprise move, offered to sell NZ Air Services to Great Barrier Airlines in October 1996 and a deal was struck. The North Shore-Great Barrier Island service continues to this day under the Great Barrier Airlines banner. The two NZ Air Services aircraft were painted in Great Barrier’s colours. The Islander was later sold but the Piper Cherokee 6, ZK-ENZ, is still part of the Great Barrier Airline fleet today.