Trans Island Air continues the story of the operator Parakai Aviation, see http://3rdlevelnz.blogspot.com/2011/11/helensville-great-barrier-island.html
In 1996 the Parakai Aviation shareholders, Des Grant and Peter Clulow, and Brian Baudinet, a director of Air Rarotonga, formed a new company, Island Air Ltd to purchase and operate a brand new Cessna 208B Grand Caravan, primarily on the Auckland-Great Barrier Island route. Rather than operate the service under the Parakai Aviation banner, it was decided a more corporate identity was needed that would attract passenger and would allow for future expansion.
|Trans Island Air's Cessna Grand Caravan, ZK-VAN, at Auckland on 30 November 1996|
1997 saw a dog fight on the Auckland-Claris route with fierce competition for Trans Island Air coming from Great Barrier Airlines and Northern Air. In early 1998, Mark Roberts, general manager of Great Barrier Airlines, summed up the 1996-1997 air war in the Barrier Bulletin when he said, "Increased competition led to a price war among the airlines benefiting passengers but leaving companies with little or no profit. It also led to a misguided perception in the general public's eyes that lower fares meant previously they had been charged too much. Increased competition did force us to bring our airfares down but the result is that we have made no profit for the past two years."
|The final Trans Island Air timetable, effective 1 December 1997. Barrier Bulletin, December 1997|