01 July 2017


Withdrawn from the register last month was Cessna 421 Golden Eagle ZK-WLG. Originally operated by Capital Aviation it only saw brief service with Sunair who used it also on Origin Pacific services connecting Tauranga with Origin's flights at Hamilton.

Cessna 421 Golden Eagle ZK-WLG at Hokitika on 16 July 1983
Getting a repaint... ZK-WLG at Christchurch on 19 October 1986
On the campaign trail... Cessna 421 carried National party leadership to Timaru on 4 August 1987
Back in Timaru in November 1988 operating an Air Nelson service prior to the introduction of the Metroliners

For a photo of ZK-WLG in Sunair colours see


  1. Steve, it also flew for a time from Tauranga to Auckland for Origin (Sunair).

    Can't recall the dates but was around 1999/2000

  2. Missed out on flying this aircraft when Origin ran the TRG-HLZ connection for a flight to CHC in 2002 Sunair rolled out Chieftain instead.