There were three route changes for Air New Zealand today.
Whanganui was first served by the national carrier, (in those days NAC) on the 1st of November 1954. On that day flight 301 Douglas DC-3 ZK-AYK "Parekareka", commanded by Capt. G.W. Miles, with Second-officer J.W. Winefield, left Auckland at 8.20am, New Plymouth at 9.45am, and arrived at Wanganui at 10.25am. It left Wanganui at 10.40am, and Palmerston North at 11.20am, to arrive at Paraparaumu, (Wellington's airport at the time), at 11.55am. Later in the afternoon Douglas DC-3 ZK-APA 'Puweto' arrived from Paraparaumu and Palmerston North before departing for New Plymouth and Auckland.
Friendship services to Wanganui began on the 22nd of May 1961.
Tomorrow Air Chathams begin Whanganui-Auckland services.
Today Air New Zealand also pulled off the Christchurch-Blenheim service. Bombardier Q300 ZK-NEK operated the final Christchurch-Blenheim service (NZ8784/Airlink 784) and return Blenheim Christchurch service (NZ8297/Airlink 297).
Eagle Air commenced Blenheim-Christchurch services on the 29th of October 1996 initially using Metroliners and later Beech 1900s until the 1st of May this year. The Eagle service was replaced by Air Nelson Bombardier Q300s but loadings did not justify the 50-seaters leading to their withdrawal today.
Tomorrow Sounds Air begin Blenheim-Christchurch services.
Finally Eagle Air pulled out of Gisborne today. The final Eagle service was operated from Gisborne to Wellington by Beech 1900 ZK-EAN (NZ2237/Eagle 237). The Eagle service has been replaced with Air Nelson Bombardier Q300s. The first Wellington-Gisborne service was operated by ZK-NEF (NZ8238/Airlink 238).