13 July 2022

Introducing Island Aviation


This just through from what formerly traded as Auckland Seaplanes... The Auckland Seaplanes group also includes Waiheke Wings. And it looks like Britten Norman Islanders are going to be operated scheduled services in the Hauraki Gulf again soon... It looks like a watch this space

Dear partners and customers,

We would like to share with you that Auckland Seaplanes will be rebranding as Island Aviation in the coming weeks to better reflect the growing role of wheeled aircraft and our ability to connect the Auckland region with Waiheke, Great Barrier the Coromandel and beyond. Our new website will go live in the coming days, our emails have already changed to the new domain but the Auckland Seaplanes ones will be available for the transition period.

We are in the final process of adding two 10-seater twin-engine aircraft to our fleet that is purpose-made to serve those destinations both in scheduled and charter flights. The twin-engine configuration will also give us the capability to connect various airports in Auckland and Waiheke with destinations all around the North Island.  

All passengers will have direct window seats and the aircraft are equipped with headsets for communication and commentary from the pilots. 

In April this year, we got recertified at Qualmark Gold Level with an award for environmental performance and we also renewed our pest-free-warrant with Auckland Council and DOC. In May we got re-certified our Carbon-Zero status to underline our environmental leadership in the aviation industry in New Zealand as the first carbon-zero airline back in 2017.

We have continued our pest and weed eradication efforts at Waiheke Airport and opened the facility to the community for an Open Day in May, which attracted nearly 1000 visitors.

For the coming summer, we got an array of new products including a Waiheke and Great Barrier Island combo flight to showcase the wide variety of destinations in the Hauraki Gulf.

Unfortunately, Panuku (one of Auckland Councils' entities) has informed us that they won't have space for a seaplane base in downtown Auckland after the America's Cup, so we will have to suspend seaplane operations until we can find a new base. Given the various stakeholders, this is unlikely before next summer. We will offer fly and dine options to Waiheke and the Coromandel with our great partners instead of the seaplane departures and will keep you updated on possible alternatives.
Thanks for your support and we look forward to moving out of Covid over the coming months. 

Please feel free to forward this email to your colleagues and friends who may benefit.

Kind regards, 

Chris and the team at Island Aviation formally known as Auckland Seaplanes.

BN Islander ZK-SFK at Ardmore on 9 June 2022. Auckland Seaplanes brought SFK and PIY from the defunct airline Fly My Sky... I must admit, when I took this I was wondering whether it was all over for SFK and PIY.

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