13 March 2021

Saab on Pax Service to the Chathams


Operating  Air Chathams' flight 3C 591 from Auckland to the Chatham Islands and the return flight to Auckland 3C 519 was Saab 340A ZK-CIY. I am open to correction, but I think this may have been the first time a Saab has been used on one of Air Chathams' scheduled passenger services to the Chatham Islands.

Air Chathams operated the first Saab flight to the Chatham Islands on the 21st of December 2020 when it ZK-CIY flew out to the Chathams to operate a freight flight to Wellington. 

Being towed back to the hangar Air Chathams' Saab 340 ZK-CIY after arriving back into Auckland from Chatham Islands.


  1. The very excellent Chatham Island Festival was on today.

  2. Wonder what this means for protentional new routes ?

  3. Wonder if MCO was AOG and needed an aircraft Sub asap or maybe the loads were small that it made sense to use the Saab