24 July 2013

Soundsair SAYs welcome

Sounds Air have purchased another Cessna Grand Caravan (registration ZK-SAY) for their fleet bringing the total Caravans operating across Cook Strait to four. The aircraft was previously operating with Salt Air in Kerikeri and Sounds Air purchased it in May this year and it was spent the last two months being repainted in Sounds Air fleet colours and it has had the latest 'glass' cockpit technology installed to match the rest of the Sounds Air fleet. The first commercial flight was on Monday 22nd July 2013 when 12 passengers boarded at Blenheim for a flight to Wellington. Each passenger was given a bottle of champagne to celebrate the occasion and then took their seats in the new seating configuration that gives every passenger more legroom. Sounds Air's other Grand Caravan is also to be fitted with the new seating configuration in the coming weeks. The new aircraft is going to complement the existing fleet on flights from Wellington to Picton, Blenheim and Nelson plus gives us the opportunity to offer more charter flights and extra flights at peak times as demand increases at weekends and over the summer season. With the extra capacity we will also be adding a daily return freight flight across Cook Strait to enhance service to our existing customers and provide options to new freight clients. 
Photos showing a team photo of the first passengers and crew at Blenheim before departure and the aircraft taxiing out on its first flight and the new Caravan can be found at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Sounds-Air/163437843717606?hc_location=stream

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