|The two "temporary" Beech 1900Ds... ZK-JND and ZK-JNG taken at Woodbourne on 1 November 2011|
|The first of Eagle Air's own Beech 1900s, ZK-EAA at Hokitika on 5 July 2010|
|Beech 1900D ZK-EAB arrives into Auckland on 21 June 2008|
|Beech 1900 ZK-arrives at Kaitaia, Eagle's most northern port, on 31 March 2009|
|Flying from Auckland to Kerikeri on 5 July 2011|
|The arrival of the first flight into Oamaru on 6 August 2006... Source : Otago Daily Times|
|A late running Beech flight meant both the early morning Beech flight to Hokitika and the later Air National Jetstream were on the ground at the same time on 25 January 2006|
Again in early 2007 services were expanded. From the 12th of February Hokitika received a fifth weekday service to Christchurch, Taupo received an additional service to Wellington and weekday flights between Wellington and Westport were doubled enabling passengers from either centre enough time at their destination to conduct their business before returning home the same day. Vincent Aviation’s Beech aircraft were often used for the morning sectors. Wanganui was also linked south to Wellington for the first time since 2002 and this allowed connections to South Island centres.
|The spectacular wheels-up landing of Beech 1900 ZK-EAK at Woodbourne on 18 June 2007. The landing can also be seen on Youtube - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MZZvNmt57rE|
Photo : Marlborough Express
|The two "new" - second hand Beech 1900Ds... Above ZK-EAQ departs Hokitika on 11 January 2008 while below, ZK-EAR is on final approaches to Runway 34 at Wellington on 7 January 2013|
|The inaugural flight from Masterton being prepared for departure, 16 February 2009. Photo : Eagle Air|
|A brace of Beech 1900s - ZK-EAF (nearest) and ZK-EAL taxi for departure at Auckland on 29 April 2010|
|The final flight to Wanaka : Source : http://www.odt.co.nz/news/queenstown-lakes/244194/eagle-air-takes-resort-last-time|
Further cuts were announced in September 2014. On the 24th of December 2013 the final Wanganui to Wellington service will be operated. This service is being cut due to lack of demand along with increased costs including airport landing charges contributing to the route’s lack of viability. On the 7th of February 2014 Auckland to Masterton service is to be cut due to lack of demand combined with increased operating costs leading to the route being no longer economically viable. It was also announced that Westport would lose two flights a week while services to Kaitaia were being looked at carefully.
|Was it a good investment? The Masterton airport terminal as seen on 15 April 2009... Will it have an airline serving it after the 7th of February 2014?|
So what is the future for Eagle Air? There has certainly been no signal from Air New Zealand that it has any intention of ending its 19-seat operations. With no replacement for the Beech 1900 in production it is likely that they will continue to be seen in New Zealand skies for some years into the future. With the introduction of the new ATR 72-600s to the Mount Cook fleet some centres are seeing the upgrading of their service to Air Nelson’s Q300s. While this could have paved the way for the expansion of regional air services the closure of services to Oamaru, Wanaka and Masterton suggest this will not happen. This is underlined by the fact that a new general manager has not been appointed to Eagle Air and it is being managed by Mount Cook Airlines. Sadly the spirit of Malcolm Campbell’s Eagle Air which was marked with innovation and enterprise in regional air services seems to have disappeared into history.