29 November 2019

Originair Airborne... Again

After a year of not operating regular services, Originair today resumed scheduled operations. BAe Jestream 31 ZK-JSH operating flight OG3215 with the callsign ORIGIN 31 has departed from Nelson for Palmerston North and will later operate flight OG3216 from Palmerston North to Nelson. The company's reservation system shows this is the recommencement of regular services between Nelson and Palmerston North. In recent days Originair said it would recommence New Plymouth and Napier services once the new terminals are complete and new handlers have been found for their flights. Previously Swissport, which handled the Jetstar services, serviced the Originair flights.

Originair's problems began in September last year when air2there, which operated Originair's services ceased operations. The Jetstream ZK-JSH operated a Nelson-Palmerston North-Nelson service with callsign AIR2THERE 61 on the 12th of September 2018 and the Jetstream has not flown on regular services since.

Originair then used aircraft from Air Chathams, Skyline Aviation and Air Wanganui to operate their services until the weekend of the 30th of November 2018 when services ceased. Some holiday flights were operated for Originair at Easter and in September by Air Wanganui.

In a press release today Originair announced that This week the Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand (CAA) issued a Part 125 Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) to Nelson-based airline Originair.

“We are very pleased to receive our Air Operator’s Certificate as this provides a sound foundation for our future and security for our customers,” said Originair’s CEO Robert Inglis.

“Since 2015 we have operated our services through contracted arrangements with other AOC holders however it’s now time to base the next phase of operational development on our own Air Operator’s Certificate. Originair will operate its own Jetstream aircraft independently from 29 November 2019.”

Originair's schedule shows the airline is currently intending to operate four services each week between Nelson and Palmerston North.


  1. Fantastic Originair, we've been eagerly awaiting this service!! At last we can get to Nelson :-)

  2. I wonder how long this will last...

    1. Why not just congratulate them for getting their own AOC and wish them well?