29 September 2020

ATR service for the Chathams


In its latest newsletter to its customers Air Chathams have announced its intention to transition to the ATR 72 for the Chatham Island's service...

The pandemic has changed the size of our business and as such we have been required to relook at what we do and how we do it. Through that process we have decided to expedite the transition of the ATR-72 onto the Chatham Islands service. We are excited to announce that this is only a few weeks away from happening. Our beautiful Convairs will remain in operation through until 2021 when we will start to phase them out completely. It will be a sad day when we witness our last Convair service. They have been the backbone of our airline for a quarter century!

The ATR, which will be based on the Chathams and will operate scheduled flights to Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. The introduction of the ATR will mean an improved customer experience for passengers and increases our capacity with up to 68 seats available. There will be a flight crew of four, with a mix of familiar faces as well as the introduction of new flight crew. For those of you based on the Chatham Islands, you'll see the ATR begin to start flying during October. Like all change it may come with a few hiccups so we do appreciate your patience and understanding as we roll this out.

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