14 March 2015
Air Chathams Britten Norman BN2A-27 Islander ZK-LYP has been pretty much static at Auckland International since returning to NZ from Tonga just over a year ago. The aircraft had initially been flown by Great Barrier Airlines before moving to Air Chathams in 2008 when it was flown from Auckland to Tonga on 13 May that year and entered service with Chathams Pacific. It was re-registered A3-LYP in December 2009 to comply with Tongan CAA requirements however returned to its ZK markings in in November 2013 as the aviation scene in the Friendly Isles saw Chathams Pacific withdraw from the region. The Islander ferried from Tonga to Auckland on 05 March 2014 and then made its way to the Chatham Islands two days later where it was utlised occasionally on runs to Pitt Island. It then flew back to Auckland from the Chathams on 23 August 2014. Earlier this week it was spotted across at Ardmore receiving attention from a local avionics workshop and is seen below departing for Auckland International 13 March 2015. One of the comments from our previous post indicates it may have been pressed into service with previous operator Great Barrier Airlines to fill a gap left by the temporary grounding of their PA31 fleet.
Posted by MRCAviation at 8:59 AM