|The service that never got airborne... the Westport schedule for the Nelson-Westport-Greymouth service.|
Air Nelson timetable, effective, 1 August 1988
Air New Zealand and Air Nelson obviously had high hopes for the new Metroliner service to Westport with two flights to Wellington scheduled each weekday along with a flight to Nelson. In the weekends a flight was scheduled each day.
|The original service to Westport after Air New Zealand's withdrawal|
Air Nelson timetable effective 31 October 1988
|Air Nelson timetable effective 1 April 1989|
|The new look of Air New Zealand's service to Westport - 18-seat Fairchild Metroliner III ZK-NSW at Westport on 15 August 1990.|
|Air Nelson timetable effective 1 November 1989|
|The smallest aircraft Air Nelson used into Westport - ZK-NSN, one of two Piper Pa31 Navajos Air Nelson operated. Photo taken at Westport in 1990. Photo supplied|
|Another photo of Fairchild Metroliner ZK-NSW taken at Westport in 1991. Photo supplied|
|West Coast Times, 3 September 1990|
The Christchurch flights were short lived and from 9 February 1991 the schedule was reduced to a daily flight on the Wellington-Westport-Wellington route. Noel Gillespie said they had implemented the trial after lobbying from Westport people. However, there were usually only 2 or 3 passengers from Westport on the flight, sometimes none at all. "We have to do what is economic for Air Nelson and the service just hasn't proved viable." All Saturday services to Westport ceased by July 1991.
From the 21st of May 1991 the familiar Air Nelson livery was replaced and the aircraft were progressively repainted in the blue/teal/white colour scheme of the parent company and rebranded with Air New Zealand Link titles. In December 1995 Air New Zealand bought full ownership of Air Nelson.
|Air Nelson timetable effective July 1991|