03 December 2018

Air Auckland - The Hauraki Gulf's New Airline

Air Auckland is offering scheduled services from Ardmore to Great Barrier Island and Whitianga from today... Here is a profile on the company...

On the 25th of May 2017 Flight Hauraki Ltd became Air Auckland Ltd though the company continued to trade as Flight Hauraki until May 2018. The current overseas owners bought Flight Hauraki in  November 2015 and moved the company towards a particular focus on Chinese tourists to New Zealand.

On the 3rd of December 2018 Air Auckland commenced a daily scheduled passenger service between Ardmore and Whitianga and Ardmore and Great Barrier Island using their Cessna 172s and Sunair's Piper Aztecs. As at the 3rd of December 2018 Air Auckland had two aircraft registered to it, Cessna 172N ZK-MDV and Piper Navajo ZK-JGA and also operates Cessna R172K ZK-CXP.

Air Auckland's Cessna 172 ZK-MDV taken at Ardmore on 21 January 2019

A combined Air Auckland and Sunair timetable effective 3 December 2018. The flights highlighted in blue are operated by Air Auckland.
Air Auckland also uses Cessna 172 ZK-CXP. Photo taken at Ardmore on 21 January 2019 

Air Auckland’s CEO told The Mercury Bay Informer, Air Auckland will fly four-seater Cessna 172 and six-seater Piper Aztec aeroplanes “dependent on our number of passengers. We provide free transport between our Ardmore base and the Takanini and Papakura train stations. We’ll effectively be codesharing with Sunair as our Whitianga and Great Barrier Island departure times will align with Sunair’s arrival times.” Flying scheduled services will be in addition to our charter business, which remains very strong,” says Mike. “We have an arrangement with Pepper Tree Restaurant in Coromandel Town that’s meeting the demand of Auckland residents looking for a lunch experience on the other side of the Hauraki Gulf and we have not long ago received consent to fly into Slipper Island. We also believe Pauanui has promise as a charter destination from Auckland.”

Air Auckland's Piper Navajo ZK-JGA at Taurana on 21 May 2018 carrying small Operated by Air Auckland titles below the third  window on the left hand side of the aircraft.

People include :

Elaine Siyin Qian - Director
Mike Foster - CEO of Air Auckland
Mike Harding - pilot.

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