08 December 2018

New Operator for Waiheke Island


Chris Sattler is a German national, now settled in New Zealand. Aviation was always a passion for Chris and before going to university he was in the German Air Force. He then worked in the finance industry, where he specialised in airline finance.

In 2013 he founded Auckland Seaplanes Limited which operates two Beaver floatplanes from the Auckland waterfront. In December 2017 he became a half owner of Waiheke Island's Reeve Airfield. Then, on the 3rd of September 2018, he founded Waiheke Wings Limited. 

On the 14th of December 2018 Waiheke Wings was officially launched as the only commercial flight operator on Waiheke Island. In a press release it was stated that, "Starting with two 4-seater Cessna aircraft Cessna 172s, ZK-CBZ (c/n 17261691) and ZK-MDX (c/n 17276405) for the summer, Waiheke Wings will provide scenic flights around the island and the Hauraki Gulf as well as transfer flights to many locations in the North Island including Auckland Airport." It operates scenic flights from Waiheke Island's Reeve Airfield.

In the press release CEO Chris Sattler said “Our seaplanes have been flying to Waiheke Island for 5 years and we are very grateful for the welcome and support that we have received from the local community. We love to showcase the jewel in the Auckland crown with flights to Waiheke’s beautiful beaches, vineyards and restaurants. With our new base and two additional aircraft, we will be able to deepen our connection to the island and provide the visitors and residents with a new and even more convenient way to appreciate the beauty of the area from the sky. Our strong environmental credentials as a “pest-free” and carbon-zero operator and one of the first signatories to the Tourism New Zealand sustainability commitments will be applied to “Waiheke Wings.” The company will also offer premium fly-and-dine packages with the vineyards bordering the airfield as well as half- and full-day excursions to the Coromandel, Matamata/Hobbiton, Rotorua and Northland.

Waiheke Wings' Cessna 172 ZK-CBZ at Pauanui on 28 December 2018
Cessna 172 ZK-MDX on Waiheke Island - Waiheke Wings' Photo
Cessna 172 ZK-MDX at Pauanui on 27 February 2019

Cessna 172P ZK-MDX was only used during the summer of 2018/19. Cessna 172N ZK-RNX, (c/n 17273544) was added to the fleet in late October 2019.

The new Cessna, ZK-RNX at Ardmore on 15 December 2019

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