21 January 2020

Two more Airbus 320s and runway resurfacing

Before I came to Norfolk Island I only had one of Air New Zealand's new Airbus 320s, ZK-NHB... In previous post you can ZK-NHD and then in the last few days I have taken a couple more

Airbus 320 ZK-NHA at Norfolk Island on 19 January 2020

Airbus 320 ZK-NHC at Norfolk Island on 20 January 2020

Behind the two Airbuses is Mt Pitt, the second highest point on Norfolk.... the higher point by 2 metres is Mount Bates - it is above the tail of ZK-NHA

Norfolk Island International Airport

This ship is currently is at Norfolk delivering 26,000 tonnes of material for the resurfacing of the runway with another ship due this week 

The tug and barge unloads the ship... there is something like 33,000 truck movements to move the material to the airport

18 January 2020

Kiwi Jets at Norfolk

At Norfolk Island on 17 January 2020 was Toll Boeing 737-400  ZK-TLJ... It was here with a freight flight after the last ship from Australia didn't get it... There are big issues with the shipping service to from Australia to Norfolk ending after the next four sailings!

On Air New Zealand duties from Brisbane to Norfolk Island on 18 January 2020 was Airbus 320 ZK-NHD

17 January 2020

3C 401 to Norfolk Island - Air Chathams' International Service

This morning I got to fly on Air Chathams' international service from Auckland to Norfolk Island...

...but I did get 8D!

Our ride to Norfolk - Convair 580 ZK-CIE having being towed to the gate...

After being bussed to the gate

Safety briefing

Air Chathams mixing it with the other international airlines

All set to line up 05

Departure over south Auckland

That's Waiheke Island with the Coromandel Peninsula in the background

The burial ground of the Bolt brothers' Boeing floatplane???


Whangaparoa Peninsula

Headwaters of the Kaipara Harbour

Whangarei Harbout and the Heads

Focussed on the the safety card... but the Air Chathams fare in green cups

Doubtless Bay

Karikari Peninsula

First glimpse of Norfolk Island

Passing Kingston

The airport

Ship and barge unloading the ingredients for resurfacing the runway at Norfolk Island

On the ground at Norfolk

The smiling face of Air Chathams' - Captain Duane Emeny, Air Chathams' General Manager

The Last 10 Years - The domestic airlines that arose

At the time of the blog's 10th anniversary Fraser Weir sent me an email reflecting on what has happened over the last 10 years. It's amazing how much how the domestic scene in New Zealand has changed.

These are the airlines that have appeared.

March 2012

In early 2010 Flight Hauraki established a charter and scenic flight service from North Shore Airport. In March 2012 Flight Hauraki took over management of Waiheke Island based Air Discovery's scenic flight business, including their transfer flights between Waiheke Island and Auckland International Airport and Great Barrier Island. On the 1st of November 2012 the company took over Salt Air’s Kerikeri-Whangarei-North Shore air service. This service was short-lived and the company gradually retrenched to Ardmore. On the 25th of May 2017 Flight Hauraki Ltd was sold and rebranded in May 2018 as Air Auckland.

12 March 2014

FlyStark was formed as Stark Airlines Ltd on the 12th of March 2014 by Waikato businessman Ray Stark and started scenic and charter flights from Whitianga. The compnay expanded to operate scheduled services from Whitianga to Ardmore and Great Barrier Island using two Gippsland Airvans. FlyStark was still offering scheduled services early in 2018 but on 10 August 2018 their last aircraft was sold.

27 October 2015 

Kiwi Regional Airlines started operations on the 27th of October 2015 with flights from Dunedin to Queenstown and with a northern service from Dunedin to Nelson and on to Hamilton using a Saab 340. The Queenstown service was soon dropped and a Nelson to Tauranga service added. The airline ceased flying on the 30th of July 2016. 

21 May 2014

Peter Newman, a Kerikeri and North Shore businessman, established Newmans Air Ltd on the 21st of May 2014. Trading as North Shore Air with Piper Navajo charter services started from North Shore in mid 2015. Sceheduled services began from North Shore Airport to both Tauranga and Kerikeri on the 28th of September 2015 but ceased 32 days later.

15 July 2015

On the 22nd of September 2014 Graham Reynolds formed Great Barrier Airlines Ltd to take over Great Barrier Airlines Flight Operations Ltd which had operated on the Great Barrier Island route since 1983. The company continued to operate as Great Barrier Airlines and until the 15th of July 2015 when the company was rebranded as Barrier Air. The company continues to operate from Auckland and North Shore to Great Barrier Island and from Auckland to Kaitaia with a fleet of 3 Cessna Grand Caravans

22 August 2016 

Parcelair is a joint venture company owned by Fieldair Holdings, a subisdary of Freightways, and Airwork Holdings. It replaced Air Freight (NZ)/Freightways' Convair operations and Airwork/NZ Post's Friendship operations. The company operates a fleet of Boeing 737-400 freighter aircraft between Auckland, Palmerston North and Christchurch. 

May 2018

In May 2018 Flight Hauraki Ltd was rebranded as Air Auckland. It offers air taxi services from Ardmore to Whitianga and Great barrier Island using a Cessna 206 and two Cessna 172s.

14 December 2018 

On the 14th of December 2018 Waiheke Wings was officially launched as the only commercial flight operator on Waiheke Island. Two Cessna 172s provide scenic flights around the island and the Hauraki Gulf as well as transfer flights to many locations in the North Island including Auckland Airport.