15 March 2021

The Caravan Carriers

Two New Zealand airlines are currently operating Cessna 208B Grand Caravans on scheduled services... As a little brain teaser how many other airlines in can you think of that have operated Caravans in the past???

Sounds Air's Cessna Grand Caravan's ply Cook Strait... On I caught 4 March 2021 ZK-SAY arriving in Wellington with S8 276 from Blenheim.

Barrier Air's Cessna Grand Caravan's ply the Hauraki Gulf flying to Great Barrier Island from North Shore and Auckland and north to Kaitaia. On 13 March 2021 ZK-SDC and ZK-SDD were busy operating the Saturday afternoon services from Auckland to Great Barrier Island. 


  1. Air2There, salt air maybe and the Milford Sounds with that short lived Queesntown flight..

  2. Ansett Regional Rex Tasman Pacific Connection

  3. The guys that flew ex Parakai to Great Barrier too

  4. Add in Sounds Air's two predecesssors Soundsair and Skyferry. Charter operator Rex Aviation also operated one and from time to time was used by other airlines - but was the C208?
    What qualifies as an airline? There are the tourist operators Air Safaris, Air Milford and Glenorchy Air that might, on the other hand its a stretch to call the C208 jump ships airliners.

  5. Good work...
    Skyferry, Soundsair and Sounds Air (the current operator)
    Rex Aviation and Rawson Aviation used Caravans on freight work mainly on Cook Strait work but also to Christchurch
    Air2there used a Caravan on Cook Strait work
    Trans Island Air was the first operator to use a Caravan to Great Barrier Island
    Salt Air used a Caravan from Northland to North Shore
    Barrier Air is currently using 4 Caravans to Great Barrier Island and Kaitaia
    Air Milford is the only Queenstown based operator that has used a Caravan on a scheduled service - from Queenstown to Te Anau