18 February 2024

Part-Time Freight Service Ended?


Merlin Labs, seems to have ceased operating their regular air freight service which began on the 29th of June 2023. The service operated alongside their development of pilotless flight technology. The last flight was operated on the 15th of December 2023 with Cessna 208B Super Cargomaster ZK-MLO operating from Kerikeri to Auckland and then returning to Kerikeri via Whangarei. Their Cessna 208B Grand Caravan ZK-MLN last operated the service on the 8th of December 2023. Regular services have not resumed in 2024 following the summer holidays.

In saying this, the Super Cargomaster, ZK-MLO, did operate a Kerikeri-Auckland and return flight on times similar to the regular service on the 13th of February operating as MERLIN 1.

All this is, however, pure speculation as Merlin Labs still remains somewhat of a mystery.

My profile on Merlin Labs can be found here : https://3rdlevelnz.blogspot.com/2023/10/merlin-labs-part-time-freight-airline.html

1 comment:

  1. ZK-MLO seems to be parked up mostly at Kapiti these days. ZK-CTY did have maintenance done here, whether its related i don't know. Neither do much flying further than BHE or WAG from here.