03 December 2019

Look out for further growth

Nelson-based airline Originair is looking to increase its Palmerston North flights and plans to resume other North Island services after getting its own operating certificate. The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has issued Originair its own Part 125 Airline Operator Certificate (AOC), allowing the company to operate its 18-seat Jetstream aircraft independently from November 29. Since 2015 Originair had operated its services through contracted arrangements with other AOC holders. Chief executive Robert Inglis said while such an arrangement was not uncommon - as Air New Zealand had done with Air Nelson or Jetstar with Eastern Airlines - receiving its own certificate would provide a sound foundation for Originair's future development. "We were doing that because we were operating under a modest operation and the overhead costs of holding your own certificate are really significant. "The team of senior persons that have to be approved by the CAA is quite extensive and a lot of cost comes with that ... it's been a lengthy process - over a year - and it's something that the CAA doesn't take lightly. "The key thing really is we're not planning to offer any major network - we do have to look at some modest expansion of our fleet because the overhead costs of obtaining our AOC means we have to be able to amortise the costs of those overheads - our aim is to really offer Nelson some more choice." Originair was established in 2015 and has provided services to Palmerston North, New Plymouth, Napier and Wellington, prior to Jetstar's entry to that route.  Currently the airline only flew passenger services between Nelson and Palmerston North. Flights to New Plymouth were affected by Jetstar's plan to stop its services to regional New Zealand at the end of November. It left Originair without check-in and tarmac services operated by Jetstar's handling company. The airline plans to resume direct services when New Plymouth's multi-million dollar new airport terminal is opened early next year, and will use its own handling staff. Inglis said Originair still had an interest in resuming its Napier route in the near future as well as "one or two other sectors" that offered flyers another destination of choice in the North Island. "We're really pleased with our services to Palmerston [North] - that's been very well supported - for Nelson people especially it gives them a springboard to other North Island destinations - you've got the Wairarapa, Hawke's Bay and Whanganui areas all within about an hours drive from there - we will be looking to expand on our service there through frequency."


  1. Interesting to see how they will manage with only 1 Aircraft. Apparently the other 2 leased Jetstreams have been sold off by the previous owners who had leased them to Air2there.

  2. Well that is a shame especially as they were all painted in their yellow livery.