23 September 2011

Hokitika Whisper

Hokitika received its second visit by a passenger jet this afternoon when Vincent Aviation operated Air National's BAe146 ZK-ECO from Wellington to Hokitika and return, the purpose being to uplift people involved with the Pike River Royal Commission. During the Commission's sitting Vincent Aviation has been running a Wellington to Greymouth or Hokitika southbound service on Mondays and northbound on Fridays with seats being available for the general public on the reverse sectors. To date their Dash 8 and Jetstreams have been operating these flights.

ZK-ECO on approach to Auckland on 17 September 2011. Photos : W Grant

Hokitika received its first passenger jet visit 32 years on the 1st of March 1969 when Fokker Fellowship PH-MOL landed at Hokitika while on demonstration to NAC.

See : http://3rdlevelnz.blogspot.com/2010/06/viscount-replacement-what-might-have.html

Fokker Fellowship PH-MOL at Hokitika on 1 March 1969. Photo : F Lowe

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