15 June 2018

Business Schedule for Originair

Following customer requests and commencing from 11th July 2018, Originair will offer Nelson travellers a return service each Wednesday allowing a full business day in Palmerston North. This service will depart Nelson at 8:20am and arrive in Palmerston North at 9:10am, returning from Palmerston North at 5:00pm and arriving back in Nelson at 5:50pm. We hope business and leisure travellers will find this service beneficial. This service may be extended to other week days. 

14 June 2018

Kāpiti Coast District Council to Start Negotiations with Air Chathams

Kāpiti Coast District Council has unanimously agreed to start negotiations with Air Chathams on a financial support programme designed to assist them in bringing their services to Kāpiti Coast Airport. Mayor K Gurunathan says the support would be to help get the service up and running and based on the understanding that a Kāpiti to Auckland service is financially viable in the region and the anticipation that there would be no additional costs to ratepayers. Council has been working to secure a viable Kāpiti-Auckland air service since Air NZ’s decision to withdraw services  in March. This support will include funding from Council’s existing destination marketing budget. “The Council has agreed a maximum level of support it is prepared to offer over a start-up phase to help Air Chathams through that initial establishment in Kāpiti,” Mayor Gurunathan said. “Council’s in-house and commissioned research demonstrates there is support for air services to and from Kāpiti, particularly the Kāpiti Auckland route. Colmar Brunton research told us 91 per cent of people surveyed supported efforts to re-establish the passenger service. That’s a mandate from the community that they want us to keep pushing ahead on this issue,” he said. “Air Chathams expressed interest early on in providing Kāpiti with a service and has been working through all the technical and financial considerations. Any operator stepping in would be exposed to financial risk and some challenging government costs compared to other airfields. We, along with the owners of the Kāpiti Coast Airport want to help minimise this risk for Air Chathams. There’s still a lot to work through and we look forward to negotiating with Air Chathams and supporting them to bring an air service to our District.”

Source : Press Release: Kapiti Coast District Council, 14 June 2018

12 June 2018

To the pilot of NZ5823 tonight

To the pilot of NZ5823 from Hamilton to Wellington tonight

What an excellent landing in challenging conditions! Absolutely loved it!



Sounds Air adds to its expertise

Expanding New Zealand airline Sounds Air has appointed Glenys Coughlan to its board as an independent director. Central Otago-based Coughlan has extensive experience in tourism and aviation, having worked for Air New Zealand as Manager of Strategic Planning. She was also the CEO of the Tourism Industry Association of New Zealand for several years and has served on the Board of Tourism New Zealand and Chaired the Board of Positively Wellington Tourism. Her current directorships include Dunedin Venues Management Ltd, which is responsible for Forsyth Barr Stadium and the Dunedin Town Hall, and Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED).  ATEED is Auckland’s economic development agency and its responsibilities include marketing Auckland as a visitor destination along with driving major events including the America’s Cup. Coughlan is also current chair of Outward Bound New Zealand which is based in the Marlborough Sounds. Coughlan is the part-time General Manager of Tourism Central Otago where she has been responsible for developing a new long-term industry strategy to support the expansion of the region’s economy. Andrew Crawford, Sounds Air’s Managing Director, said he was delighted to welcome Coughlan to the board. “Sounds Air is on a strong growth path and we recognise the importance of robust governance to help us negotiate the way ahead.  Glenys brings a strong set of skills and experience that will contribute to our future developments”

11 June 2018

No Saabs yet for Whakatane

Air Chathams plans to introduce its bigger 30-plus seat Saab Aircraft on the Whakatane-Auckland route remain up in the air with the Ministry of Transport delaying work at the airport. A Supreme Court ruling over Wellington Airport requires the Runway End Safety Areas at Whakatane Airport to be extended before it can be used by larger aircraft. The Whakatane District Council’s has called and accepted a tender for the work, but needs approval from its joint venture partner the Ministry of Transport. The Ministry hasn't given approval, nor has it paid its half-share of other airport works including a major runway lighting grade or past operating losses. The council’s been advised nothing’s going to happen this financial year but to keep pressing the Ministry for approval. Air Chathams meantime has been forced to use two aircraft on the Whakatane service to meet demand, and farmers who graze stock within the airport grounds don’t know what their future holds.

Source : https://www.facebook.com/1XXNews, 7 June 2018

Slow progress on Kapiti Service

The Kāpiti Coast District Council is considering subsidising an airline wanting to provide flights to Auckland. Air New Zealand stopped flights between Kāpiti and Auckland at the beginning of April. The national carrier announced in March it was cutting its daily service to and from Paraparaumu, sparking anger and dismay from locals. Negotiations between Air Chathams and the Kāpiti Coast Airport have been continuing since then. On Thursday the council will consider a proposal to offer financial support for the service. The airport already made some concessions so the route is profitable for Air Chathams, Mayor K Gurunathan said. The airport had helped Air Chathams by giving it a free lease for the first year of service, then a 33 percent discount on the lease previously paid by Air New Zealand, for another two years. The airport had also offered significant discounts on other operating charges to support the new service. Air Chathams was also feeling more positive about starting flights between Paraparaumu and Auckland now that the council had realised they might have to financially assist to make the route viable. The airport had service fees three times as high as others due to flight service costs, Air Chathams general manager Duane Emery said. It also hoped help would come from central government, through the regional development fund. In the meantime it was in the region's interests for the council to step up, Mr Gurunathan said. "I know that this airport from studies we've done there is a benefit of more than $3 million to the local economy, as it is now, without Air New Zealand operating." The council would make a decision in the next couple of weeks, Mr Gurunathan said. He couldn't comment on how much money the council would be willing to spend. There was strong support from the community to get the route between Auckland and Kapiti going again, he said. Meanwhile the local businesses were frustrated by the uncertainty, Chamber of Commerce chair Heather Hutchings said. "It's just the not knowing, it's being unsure about - is it going to be next month, is it going to be August, is it going to be September? It just seems to be ongoing and the longer it's left of course the more unsure businesses and people in the community become." The Chamber and local businesses were confident flights between Kapiti and Auckland would resume, Heather Hutchings said. 

10 June 2018

Kiwiair - A Successor to Air Albatross

Kiwiair was established in 1985 as the trading name of Gold Coast Aviation Ltd and announced its intention to operate daily flights to Turoa skifield from both Auckland and Wellington. The plan was to deliver skiers from the two main cities to the chairlift in 90 minutes. The cost, including road transport from the Ohakune airfield and a day pass, was expected to be just under $200.00

The company took delivery of its first aircraft, Piper PA23-250 Aztec E ZK-KWI on the 1st of December 1985 with its arrival from Sydney. With the Aztec in the country the company was in a prime position when Air Albatross collapsed at the end of 1985. Kiwiair seized the opportunity and established scheduled flights began between Wellington and Blenheim in January 1986. Four flights a day were offered on weekdays with three return flights offered on Saturdays and Sundays. The initial demand was such that the company used a second Aztec, Piper PA23-250 Aztec F, ZK-TNH. The Blenheim service was not successful, however, and the schedule was soon paired back to an early morning weekday return service before finally petering out completely. 

Kiwiair's Piper Aztecs, ZK-KWI and ZK-TNH at Wellington on 16 January 1996

Kiwiair timetable, January 1996

On the 5th of February 1987 Aztec ZK-KWI was on a charter flight from Paraparaumu to Christchurch. Near Wellington the pilot reported a minor propeller problem and requested a landing at Wellington International Airport. While approaching Wellington from the east on a visual approach aircraft descended below the height of a ridge in the southern Rimutaka Range and flew into the terrain at about 1,500 feet AMSL. The pilot and his two passengers died in the crash. 

07 June 2018

Queenstown Changes

Air New Zealand has introduced new Wellington business day flights to the delight of Queenstown businesses, but placed restrictions on the Christchurch route. The changes included two new return daily flights from Queenstown to Wellington on jets. However, the first flight of the day from Queenstown to Christchurch was changed from a jet to a smaller turboprop ATR. The turboprops are more likely to be cancelled in adverse weather conditions as they are not equipped with Required Navigation Performance (RNP) technology. Two years ago the company announced it would install RNP on its ATR fleet by 2018, but regional affairs manager Ian Collier said there had been "technical and regulatory" hold ups. "We will certainly be ready next winter. That should help with problems on the first flight to Christchurch in winter." It was a challenge for the company to get the right mix of aircraft on every route, Collier said. "The reality is the aircraft mix we've got is not going to give us the perfect answer this winter and it will be weather dependent ... For every move we make we get a corresponding groan from somewhere." The company announced the changes at a Queenstown Chamber of Commerce get-together on Wednesday night. Queenstown Chamber of Commerce chief executive Anne Lockhart said the organisation had lobbied for four years for a Wellington schedule that allowed people to fly to and from the capital at either end of the business day. The loss of a jet to Christchurch in winter was "a step back ... but I totally understand." She urged Air NZ to continue putting a "foot on the accelerator", but also to keep working to meet the infrastructure needs of communities who were struggling to cope with growth in visitor numbers. "Not all growth is good. Someone has to pay for it ... Our message to central Government continues to be [that we need] a contribution from that very large visitor market." Collier said the company was "heavily engaged" in that ongoing conversation. "The quicker we can move on it the better to ensure there's a fair system in place to address the issues we all have."  Air NZ general manager of networks Kate O'Brien said there would be increased capacity on trans-Tasman routes into Queenstown following the end of the Air NZ-Virigin Australia alliance in late October. Air NZ would re-enter the Brisbane to Queenstown route with flights three or four times a week and retain its Melbourne route. Virgin Australia would enter the Melbourne to Queenstown market and retain Brisbane. "So there will be 28 per cent capacity growth into Melbourne and nearly 60 per cent into Brisbane coming this year," she said. Collier said the company was looking at options for flying a Wanaka to Auckland route. "We would like to do it but the priority is consultation with the community and that's something being led by the airport at the moment." Air NZ was looking ahead at long term forecasts based on Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment figures that put visitor arrivals at 4.5 million a year by 2022, he said. "We are currently ahead of that [growth rate]. We are doing everything we can to make sure we are match fit and more than ready for that. We're not taking our foot off the accelerator. We're here to grow."

05 June 2018

And more Tauranga flights on the cards too

Air New Zealand is promising more cheap flights and a revamp of the Tauranga Airport Koru lounge, after a decision to fund Tourism Bay of Plenty $612,000. The company provided a letter of support towards Tourism Bay of Plenty's bid to become a Destination Management Organisation, which was voted in at yesterday's Tauranga City Council meeting. Air New Zealand regional affairs manager Ian Collier said he welcomed Tauranga City Council's decision "as we've been working closely with Tourism Bay of Plenty over the past few years to support its proposed shift to incorporating destination management as one of its core functions". Collier said the airline was committed to supporting the sustainable growth of tourism in Tauranga and the Bay of Plenty. "This includes initiatives such as increasing the number of seats into and out of Tauranga by around 80,000 over the next 12 months (subject to demand forecasts), offering more than 50,000 seats ex-Tauranga at less than $100, the development of a new Air New Zealand lounge at Tauranga Airport which will be almost four times the size of the existing facility, showcasing the region in our inflight magazine, working with Ngati Awa to promote White Island as an iconic tourism attraction and continued co-marketing opportunities in Australia."

More Palmy Flights

Air New Zealand will operate an additional 12 one-way business timed services per week between Palmerston North and Auckland from mid-August. The new service will depart Auckland for Palmerston North at 5:50pm Sunday-Friday, with a return service from Palmerston North to Auckland departing at 7:25am Monday-Saturday. Air New Zealand Regional Affairs Manager Ian Collier says the airline continues to see strong traveller demand between Palmerston North and Auckland. "It's fantastic to be able to meet this demand, with the additional services now offering travellers from Palmerston North the option of three services to Auckland before 9am, and those returning from Auckland three flight options between 5pm and 7pm." Palmerston North City Mayor Grant Smith says, "It's great additional business capacity has been added to an already busy Palmerston North-Auckland route. Adding these extra services brings much opportunity and needed capacity for business, educational and leisure visitors' travel." Palmerston North Airport Limited Chief Executive David Lanham says, "To accommodate unprecedented demand from our regional travellers, the airport company has invested significantly in facility upgrades and so we welcome the news of Air New Zealand's investment in additional capacity on the Palmerston North-Auckland route." The new schedule will take effect from 13 August 2018.

01 June 2018

Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport...

I didn't see this coming...

Traditional rivals Air New Zealand and Qantas are planning to codeshare on 115 domestic routes on both sides of the Tasman. The planned agreement means Air New Zealand passengers travelling to Australia will be able to connect seamlessly to Qantas services throughout Australia. Similarly Qantas passengers will be carried by Air New Zealand on domestic routes here. Qantas intends to add its code on up to 30 routes on Air New Zealand's domestic network and Air New Zealand intends to add its code on up to 85 routes on Qantas' domestic network.

Full article here : https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/104387865/transtasman-rivals-air-nz-and-qantas-announce-codeshare-agreement-on-domestic-services

31 May 2018

Auckland this avo...

An hour or two at Auckland Internation on 31 May 2018

Cathay Pacific's Airbus 350 B-LRA about to depart for Hong Kong

Fiji Airways' Airbus 330 DQ-FJO heading back to Nadi

Arriving in from Papeete, Airbus 340 F-OJGF

Thai International's Boeing 787-8 HS-TQD off to Bangkok

My first photo of Learjet 60 ZK-JAK

Fly My Sky BN Islander ZK-PIZ arriving in from the Barrier

My first photo of a Philippines Airlines' aircraft, Airbus 340 RP-C3435
And my first photo of Barrier Air's Cessna 208 Grand Caravan ZK-SDC

28 May 2018

Opotiki Once had an Air Service

There wasn't a lot to be seen aviation wise on my trip to and from Gisborne this weekend with the excepetion of Opotiki.

Opotiki once had an airline service with Union Airways inaugurating an Auckland-Tauranga-Opotiki-Gisborne service . The first flight was operated with de Havilland DH86 Express ZK-AEH "Korimako" under the command of Commander G.R. White with Second Officer K.A. Brownjohn on the 20th of March 1939. The return flight was made on the following day.

ZK-AEH at Opotiki
The Second World War brought an end to the air service which was withdrawn on the 16th of October 1939. The Bay of Plenty Beacon on 18 October 1939 reported...

A little in advance of expectations the air link between Gisborne and Auckland, via Opotiki and Tauranga, was broken on Thursday, when Union Airways' four-enginer air-liner made its last trip. Previously it had been announced that the last trip would be made on Saturday, but the original plan was altered. After taking off from the Opotiki aerodrome on Thursday morning, the big plane flew over the Otara district and then turned towards the aerodrome again, flying at a fair height. As the machine flew over the aerodrome it suddenly dived low down and then rose steeply again, as a farewell salute. The machine then flew over the town at a low altitude. The service has now been suspended indefinitely owing to the government taking over the company's De Havilland planes for instructional purposes.

In all my years taking aeroplane photos I have only ever got two at Opotiki until yesterday, 27 May 2018... Unfortunately there wasn't a DH Express there!

Outside was Micro Aviation B22 Bantam ZK-DJT, the rego is seen on the nose below...

Micro Aviation B22 Bantam ZK-FTF was parked in the back of the hangar
Tecnam P2002 Sierra RG returned from a local.
Hughes Lightwing GR-912S ZK-NBG was rolled out to repack the hangar.
Zenair CH701 STOL ZK-SCC did a quick circuit

20 May 2018

Golden Bay Air - All Systems are Go

This from the Golden Bay Air Facebook page...

Great news - Our 5 yearly re-certification is complete! Online bookings are now available out to 30 November 2019 for all our scheduled flights and shuttles between Wellington - Takaka - Nelson - Karamea - Brown Hut. Other services like on-demand shuttles, rental cars and charters are also available for booking.

Our Summer schedule from 1 December 2018 will be loaded at the end of June. If you would like to be notified when this is available for booking email us at info@goldenbayair.co.nz to be notified of our summer schedule.

Thanks everyone for your support and patience while we underwent our re-certification process - this took longer than we expected, so special thanks to our friends in aviation who stepped in to help keep the service running through this period - Pelorus Air, Nelson Tasman Air and Air Kaikoura, with special guest appearances from a few others! We are now in a great position to develop the service further so watch this space...😉

19 May 2018

First International and Growing Domestically

Air Chathams flight 581 to Norfolk Island on the departure board

Off to Norfolk Island today on a charter was Air Chathams' Convair 580 ZK-CIE. This was the first international air service the company has flown. The company is considering to establish a regular service to Norfolk Island and a critical aspect of that discernment process is knowing the needs of the islanders, building the relationship and seeing if the company can make it work.

Convair 580 ZK-CIE on arrival at Norfolk Island on 19 May 2018

Meanwile progress is being made on reinstating an Auckland-Kapiti service...  

National's Otaki MP Nathan Guy held a meeting yesterday with interested parties, including Air Chathams and the Kāpiti Coast District Council, regarding Air Chathams' bid to use the airport. Mr Guy said the Kāpiti community valued having a commercial airport on its doorstep that linked with Auckland, enabling connections to be made by business travellers, those going overseas or just visiting family and friends further north. But gaining the necessary approvals for that to happen was taking longer than was anticipated. "But Air Chathams is encouraged by the progress that has taken place, and all parties remain committed to a positive outcome," he said. Air Chathams chief executive Craig Emeny said the airline had a huge potential in the region, and was working hard with the council and the airport to bring its service to the Kāpiti Coast. "As an airline we need to be meticulous in our approach, and ensure that all operational and regulatory issues have been thoroughly investigated, well before our planes touch the tarmac in Kāpiti," Mr Emeny said. "But Air Chathams is encouraged by the progress that has taken place, and all parties remain committed to a positive outcome." Paraparaumu is one of New Zealand's few privately owned airports.

18 May 2018

Tauranga on the 16th

I managed to get over to Tauranga for three quarters of an hour on the 16th of May. Always a pleasure to catch up with Peter Mole there and of course, the local traffic

Airfarm's Fletcher ZK-CRF taxiing before heading back to Matamata. 

Cessna 172 ZK-DEX was out for a quick local flight.

Rotor Work's Hughes 500D ZK-HRI roared off. With growing up on the West Coast during the venison recovery days the 500 is my favourite helicopter though sadly I never managed to score a flight in one!

Devoid of titles, Air Auckland's Piper Navajo ZK-JGA. Sunair chartered JGA and used it to operate the doctor service between Whangarei and Kaitaia while the company was grounded. Still hoping the East Coast service will resume and make my life a little easier! 

Three Bombardier Q300s, ZK-NEC


and ZK-NEW

And picture of the day... my first sighting ot Yakovlev Yak-55M ZK-YKV. Would have loved to see it fly!

Wanaka a Real Possibility?

I must admit, I was fairly sceptical about Wanaka being on the Air NZ radar but the ODT has been doing some good research... This is obviously under serious consideration.

Have a read. The three questions I have from these articles are...
  • If Air NZ started WKA services ould this mark the end of Warbirds over Wanaka??? 
  • Is Wanaka extendable enough for long haul international flights???
  • Is it time for Air NZ to invest in regional jets - eg Embraer195s - given ATRs are often full and our airport infrastructure is struggling to provide adequate numbers of gates???

Air New Zealand is ready to put on daily direct jet flights between Auckland and Wanaka later this year, according to an informed source who asked not to be named. But, there is a big question mark over whether Wanaka Airport would be ready to handle them. The Otago Daily Times has been told Air New Zealand would like to begin operating jet flights in the 2018-19 summer but is constrained by Wanaka Airport's infrastructure. The airport is owned by the Queenstown Lakes District Council and leased to the Queenstown Airport Corporation. Queenstown Airport chief executive Colin Keel said yesterday it was ''encouraging'' airlines were expressing interest in Wanaka. Asked if the airport was ready for commercial flights to resume, Mr Keel referred the ODT to the corporation's new ''fact sheet'' brochure. It says the airport would need to be certified to be used for regular scheduled passenger services. As part of that, it would need check-in and baggage handling facilities, security systems and infrastructure for water, waste and fuel as well as services for other transport options. Wanaka Airport currently has a small waiting room, two public toilets and some car parking. Air New Zealand operates the Airbus A320, which carries 170 people. It needs 1.9km of runway. Wanaka Airport has a 1.2km runway. Air New Zealand chief executive Christopher Luxon, in a staff message on Monday, singled out Wanaka while discussing regional air services. He said the company was ''actively considering options for other ports, such as Wanaka.'' Lake Wanaka Tourism general manager James Helmore said the resumption of flights to Wanaka was ''inevitable''. He was aware of the airline's interest in the number of passengers flying into Queenstown Airport who had Wanaka as their ''primary destination''. ''They've tracked all those numbers and they are watching those numbers grow.''

But does Wanaka want it???

The Wanaka community has "limited ability" to stop its airport becoming a destination for passenger jets, even if it wants to. That is the view of Queenstown Lakes District councillor and Wanaka Community Board chairman Quentin Smith, commenting on an Otago Daily Times report Air New Zealand would fly jets into the airport this summer if its infrastructure was up to scratch. The council owns the airport but in March leased it for 100 years to the Queenstown Airport Corporation (QAC), which is now in charge of operations, planning and development. Mr Smith said councillors now had no more knowledge of what was planned at the airport than the general public. "I suppose one of the disadvantages with QAC managing the airport is that we don't have as much visibility of their corporate plans as we would have as a council-run airport." He noted, however, QAC had made "a strong commitment" to consult the community over the airport's strategic direction. He believed QAC was "ready and motivated" to invest and he would not be surprised if it happened reasonably soon. The infrastructure required for jets the size of Air New Zealand's Airbus A320, carrying 270 passengers, would include a major extension to the runway and the provision of such things as baggage-handling facilities, departure and arrival lounges, car parking and other transport links. Asked if Wanaka wanted jets, Mr Smith said "I think it's very much a double-edged sword. "It seems to fit with the strategic approach to a two-airport district that the QAC have promoted, but the social impact and noise impact on Wanaka as a community certainly has the potential to be unfavourable." There was also likely to be an effect on recreational aviation. Publicly, QAC has said only that expressions of interest from airlines like Air New Zealand was "encouraging" and any comment "around specific routes or business decisions to return to Wanaka" would need to come from Air New Zealand. Deputy Mayor Calum Macleod said yesterday he was sure QAC would be "well aware" of Air New Zealand's intentions. "We've all been saying that it's going to be a paradigm shift when the airport at Wanaka changes to accepting national and then international flights. "It certainly will be a game-changer." He believed the infrastructure to deal with jet aircraft would require millions of dollars of investment by QAC. Cr MacLeod said a straw poll of Wanaka people would show the majority were "reasonably happy to be able to jump on a plane and fly to Christchurch or Auckland direct". "In terms of welcoming more visitation and more tourists, well, that's a whole different debate."

17 May 2018

A Gloomy Day at Taupo

The Bay Trust Rescue Helicopter Aerospatiale Squirrel ZK-HZN at Taupo on 11 May 2018

Rotors off - Mid West Helicopters ' Hughes 500E ZK-IFS at Taupo on 11 May 2018

Helicopter Management ZK-ISG at Taupo on 11 May 2018

Royal New Zealand Navy Kaman SH-2F Seasprite NZ3617 at Taupo on 11 May 2018

Piper Malibu ZK-ORZ at Taupo on 11 May 2018

16 May 2018

Return to Wanaka?

Air New Zealand is considering restoring flights to Wānaka as part of a plan to grow its regional network by 20 per cent during the next five years. The airline copped flak for its handling of its pull-out from Kāpiti earlier this year, however, chief executive Christopher Luxon in a note to staff said the company was committed to ensuring all regional centres currently receiving air services would continue to do so. ''In addition, we are actively considering options for other ports, such as Wānaka,'' Luxon said. The airline flew there from Christchurch between March 2004 and 2013 through its subsidiary Eagle Air using a Beech 1900D. However, since then the tourist town has boomed and Wānaka Airport has expanded, with occasional charter and private jet flights. The Otago Daily Times reported in March that tourism injected an estimated $502million annually into the Wānaka economy, creating jobs and sustaining livelihoods. The region has been ranked the top in New Zealand for percentage growth in visitor spend for more than two years, recording 17 per cent growth this past year on top of 20 per cent growth the previous year. Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has been a vociferous critic of Air New Zealand's provincial operations and yesterday again attacked the airline after revelations of domestic fare increases. ''The people of Gisborne, the people of Whangārei have pointed out the flights are so regularly cancelled that they're wondering whether Air New Zealand should permanently own a bus service,'' Jones said. In his note to staff Luxon said the regional aviation market in New Zealand had never been more vibrant or healthy. ''Air New Zealand competes with Jetstar, from the four times larger Qantas Group, in the bigger regional centres'' The airline pulled out of Westport, Whakatāne and Kaitāia following a review in 2014. Luxon said the airline was losing $1m a month, or $52 per customer on a return journey, flying to 15 towns across New Zealand in inefficient and expensive 19-seater aircraft. ''Clearly it would have been unsustainable and irresponsible not to confront this reality – so we totally overhauled and reset our regional business and network to deliver sustainable future air services and lower pricing to regional customers,'' he said. ''The bottom line is that we have grown our services to regional New Zealand at twice the rate of New Zealand's GDP growth and at the same time have been able to lower average regional fares by 6.25 per cent since 2015.''

12 May 2018

Norfolk Island Tours

Pukekohe Travel, which has for a number of years offered tours to the Chatham Islands in conjunction with Air Chathams, is now advertising week long tours to Norfolk Island using Air Chathams. Three tours are currently being offered departing on 25 October, 1 November, and 8 November. For tour details see :

Whether this is a precurser to a regular service or part of a new service remains to be seen. What it does show, however, is Air Chathams are not going to enter into a new venture without having done its homework.