08 October 2014

New Owners for Barrier Airline

Following the demise of NZ Aerial Mapping on 8 September (see http://3rdlevelnz.blogspot.co.nz/2014/09/sad-end-for-nz-aerial-mapping.html) I wondered what would happen to Great Barrier Airlines considering NZ Aerial Mapping's 2012 investment in GBA. 

The good news is that it looks as if Great Barrier Airlines is going to happily continue to fly to the Barrier. A new company, Great Barrier Airlines Ltd (the previous company was Great Barrier Airlines Flight Operations) was formed on 22 September 2014 with Murray Pope and Graham Reynolds as the principals. 

Murray Pope is no stranger to the Hauraki Gulf. Previously he was the manager of Mount Cook Airlines' amphibian operations from Mechanics Bay (see http://3rdlevelnz.blogspot.co.nz/2011/07/mount-cook-airlines-amphibian-service.html) and then the owner of Sea Bee Air (see http://3rdlevelnz.blogspot.co.nz/2011/12/sea-bee-air-last-chapter-of-scheduled.html). One wonders what the future will be for GBA!


  1. Just been looking at their website as I was hoping to get a ride out to Great Barrier on a Trislander, but looks like they've been retired. Do you know if that's the case?

  2. From what I have heard on the underground network they finished flying them mid to late August

  3. Last Trislander flight was 22 August, GBI to North Shore (LGF)

  4. Thanks for that... today's news is tomorrow's history. It is good to get details like this
    Cheers, Steve