30 January 2020

New Trans-Tasman Air Freight Service

Crossing the Tasman over the last couple of weeks is Airwork 1 from Auckland to Sydney and-Airwork 2 operating the return flight. The flights have been operated by Boeing 737-400 ZK-TLM with departures last week on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday evenings connecting with FDX77 in Sydney with a Saturday afternoon flight as well. The first flight was operated on the 21st of January 2020.

There is a little information about this on the FedEx website as follows...

We are delighted to inform you that effective January 31, 2020, FedEx and TNT will enhance their Trans-Tasman lane service, connecting New Zealand-Australia-New Zealand between Auckland and Sydney, 5 times a week. The enhanced service will improve transit times and feature of service, offer larger cargo capacity, connect a key trade lane moving FedEx and TNT Australia freight to New Zealand (bi-directionally) and provide scalability for worldwide New Zealand retail freight growth.  

FedEx Trans-Tasman service connects you to more people and possibilities with our overnight express delivery between Auckland – Sydney – Auckland which is scheduled to operate five times a week. We now offer better transit times and service benefits on our key trade lanes. This enhanced service presents new trading opportunities for New Zealand businesses through better connections to the rest of the world and stronger Australasia service.

Trans-Tasman Key Benefits
  • New Auckland-Sydney-Auckland service is scheduled to be connected five times a week (Monday - Thursday, Saturday).
  • Higher cargo capacity.
  • Enhanced service quality and efficiency through the strong TNT domestic network in Australia.
  • Activation of International Economy Distribution (Coming in April, 2020).
  • Support of heavyweight shipments to and from New Zealand (Coming in April, 2020).

Airwork's Boeing 737-400 ZK-TLM about to depart as Airwork 1 at Auckland on 29 January 2020

28 January 2020

Additional Flights

Sounds Air have added an extra service on weekdays between Wellington and Nelson to their schedule! 

Beginning Monday the 2nd of March 2020, Sounds Air will be operating a new Wellington-Nelson flight departing at 10am, and a new Nelson-Wellington flight departing at 11am. The flights will be operated by Sounds Air's Cessna Caravans.

25 January 2020

3C 402 from Norfolk Island to Auckland

Yesterday I flew back to Auckland on Air Chathams' Norfolk Island service... another great flight

Check in Norfolk Island

Convair 580 ZK-CIE arriving

Now boarding

Farewell Norfolk Island

Lining Up Runway 11

Phillip Island in the bay

Kingston Pier

See the outline of the old gaol

Kingston Pier, Slaughter Bau and then Emily Bay at the bottom of the photo

A look at the other side of Phillip Island

Got my focus right this time... 

Tauroa Peninsula (I think)

Kaipara Harbour

Orewa and Red Beach

Whangaparoa Peninsula


Waitemata Harbour

Maraetai and Beachlands

Here's our gate

On to the bus for the drive to the terminal

23 January 2020

Fly My Sky's Matamata ops

Fly My Sky have been operating their Hobbiton flights to Matamata. Thanks to Phil Craig who captured a couple of their movements over the last two weeks...

Fly My Sky BN Islander ZK-EVO arriving at Matamata on 9 January 2020

Fly My Sky BN Islander ZK-SFK departing Matamata on 18 January 2020

Flights are offered to leave Auckland at 7.30am  and 1.45pm

and arrive back at 12.55pm and 7.15pm

21 January 2020

Two more Airbus 320s and runway resurfacing

Before I came to Norfolk Island I only had one of Air New Zealand's new Airbus 320s, ZK-NHB... In previous post you can ZK-NHD and then in the last few days I have taken a couple more

Airbus 320 ZK-NHA at Norfolk Island on 19 January 2020

Airbus 320 ZK-NHC at Norfolk Island on 20 January 2020

Behind the two Airbuses is Mt Pitt, the second highest point on Norfolk.... the higher point by 2 metres is Mount Bates - it is above the tail of ZK-NHA

Norfolk Island International Airport

This ship is currently is at Norfolk delivering 26,000 tonnes of material for the resurfacing of the runway with another ship due this week 

The tug and barge unloads the ship... there is something like 33,000 truck movements to move the material to the airport

18 January 2020

Kiwi Jets at Norfolk

At Norfolk Island on 17 January 2020 was Toll Boeing 737-400  ZK-TLJ... It was here with a freight flight after the last ship from Australia didn't get it... There are big issues with the shipping service to from Australia to Norfolk ending after the next four sailings!

On Air New Zealand duties from Brisbane to Norfolk Island on 18 January 2020 was Airbus 320 ZK-NHD

17 January 2020

3C 401 to Norfolk Island - Air Chathams' International Service

This morning I got to fly on Air Chathams' international service from Auckland to Norfolk Island...

...but I did get 8D!

Our ride to Norfolk - Convair 580 ZK-CIE having being towed to the gate...

After being bussed to the gate

Safety briefing

Air Chathams mixing it with the other international airlines

All set to line up 05

Departure over south Auckland

That's Waiheke Island with the Coromandel Peninsula in the background

The burial ground of the Walsh brothers' Boeing floatplane???


Whangaparoa Peninsula

Headwaters of the Kaipara Harbour

Whangarei Harbout and the Heads

Focussed on the the safety card... but the Air Chathams fare in green cups

Doubtless Bay

Karikari Peninsula

First glimpse of Norfolk Island

Passing Kingston

The airport

Ship and barge unloading the ingredients for resurfacing the runway at Norfolk Island

On the ground at Norfolk

The smiling face of Air Chathams' - Captain Duane Emeny, Air Chathams' General Manager