05 January 2013


Couldn't resist posting these nice shots of Air New Zealand Link/Air Nelson Bombardier Q300 ZK-NEW with a setting sun taken at Tauranga 04 January shortly after its arrival from Wellington as NZ8570.  

ZK-NEW, the 19th Q300 in the Air Nelson fleet, was delivered to Nelson on 17 October 2007 arriving as C-FLUH from Pago Pago.  It entered into service on 28 October 2007 as NZ8388 from Nelson to Auckland. 

The Nelson based Link operator has two Q300's "based" at Tauranga to provide early flights direct to Wellington (25 per week) and Christchurch (9 per week).  In addition, the Bay of Plenty gateway airport receives Q300's on the run from/to Auckland up to 17 times per week to compliment the Eagle Air operated Beech 1900's (18 per week) and Mount Cook ATR (1 flight on a Friday evening).   Air Nelson started services from Tauranga in the last quarter of 1990 when Air NZ started to withdraw the Fokker FK27 Friendships from service and replaced them with the Air Nelson operated Saab 340A's. 

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