Rex Air Charter pioneered a land-based air service between Ardmore and Waiheke Island in 1975. The service was later developed to include an on demand stop at Auckland International Airport (http://3rdlevelnz.blogspot.com/2011/04/rex-air-charter-waiheke-island-service.html). On the 15th of March 1976 this company was bought out by Dalhoff and King Aviation Ltd who, in turn, were bought out by Motor Holdings (Aviation) Ltd on the 7th of December 1981. The air service, however, continued to operate under the well-known Rex Air Charter banner.
|Waiheke Air Services timetable effective 1 June 1986|
|Waiheke Air Services aircraft never wore titles as such, rather the titles of the parent company. In this case, Cessna 172P Skyhawk II ZK-EXD taken at Ardmore on the 23rd of September 1988|
Throughout the years Waiheke Air Services continued their normal timetable of three flights a day between Ardmore and Waiheke Island’s Stonyridge airfield at Onetangi using single engine Cessna aircraft. The company’s lease of the Stonyridge airfield was such that no-one, not even the land owners, could use the airstrip.
|Gulf News, 10 January 1992|
|New parent company - new logo and look. Flightline Aviation's Cessna 172N Skyhawk II ZK-ELF taken at Ardmore on the 24th of January 1992, a few months before they took over Waiheke Air Services.|