07 May 2013

New Marlborough Air Service

Marlborough chartered flight operators Ridge Air are operating Monday and Friday flights from Blenheim to Christchurch return to help people do business in Christchurch with ease. The flights would be ideal for anyone who lives in Blenheim, commuting to Christchurch for work, or if contractors or business owners need to fly to Christchurch for the day for interviews or meetings. Flights depart Blenheim on Mondays and Fridays at 7am and arrive in Christchurch at 8.10am. Flights depart Christchurch on Mondays and Fridays at 4.30pm arriving in Blenheim at 5.40pm. The cost is $265 one way (subject to availability) or $500 return, with a minimum of one passenger. For booking or information contact: 021 246 2544, 0800 743 432, or ross@ridgeair.co.nz
Ridge Air's twin fleet... Above, Cessna 402 ZK-VAD at Omaka on 9 December 2010 and below Piper Pa34 Seneca IV ZK-BJM at Timaru on 13 January 2011. 


  1. I wonder if they have a contract underwriting the operation? Perhaps not if they need at least 1 passenger to operate.... How many flights do Air NZ operate between the two centres? Must be three each weekday?

  2. Gee, I wonder how long that will last. In five years time, I'd say alot of these Part 135 outfits such as Soundsair etc will be pushing up daisies.

  3. $500 return? Ouch.

  4. Mate, check your sources, sounds air dont fly wb-ch, I am interested to see the numbers on this as its already done by the links, whats their neiche?

  5. I never said they did. I'm simply of the opinion that slowly-if they haven't already, these sort of marginal outfits will be outmuscled by bigger airline operators with better equipment and resources (training and funding etc).

  6. Agreed. Some of the egos involved in this sector of aviation need to go including those who see themselves as the self appointed head of the GA police.

  7. Guys thank you for your comments

    First of all RidgeAir is not a marginal outfit but a very professional and well run Charter Company. The flights ( WB CH) all operate with two crew and are not available to the general public but to those business's who subscribe to the service.
    The price re (Ouch) is competitive given the flexibility and advantages of last minute booking, Change of name, the flight timing and Direct flight routing.
    We at RidgeAir have taken this initiative to support the Blenheim and Christchurch business community in regard the Christchurch rebuild.
    If it turns out not to be viable in the long term we will discontinue the service but at the moment we are doing just fine.
    I would like to point out that we are not a scheduled service and bound by those constraints and are therefore flexible enough to provide what the client needs when they need it
    The flights are generally offered on a Monday and Friday giving our business group two options but can be rescheduled if required and don't go if we have no takers so nothing lost.

    Any one who would like any further information is welcome to contact me at any time see our website for details


    Chief Pilot: RidgeAir