20 June 2024

Glenorchy Air Fleet Changes

Glenorchy Air, a leading scenic flight company and a subsidiary of Stokes Aviation, has announced the acquisition of a second Daher Kodiak 100. This 10-seat aircraft will undergo preparations for operations in Oklahoma, USA, before being ferried via Hawaii, Kiribati, and Samoa to New Zealand. Once regulatory approval is obtained, it will enter commercial service.

The 2022 Daher Kodiak 100 Series III, manufactured in Sandpoint, Idaho, USA, will join Glenorchy Air's existing fleet, which along with their series II Kodiak, includes two Cessna Grand Caravan EX's and a GippsAero GA8 Airvan. The company's Cessna 206 HD is currently for sale and will be retired from the fleet after delivery.

Managing Director James Stokes commented, "The Kodiak's exceptional runway performance and overall efficiency align perfectly with our fleet requirements. This acquisition reinforces Glenorchy Air's commitment to becoming the first Queenstown operator to utilize sustainable fuels when available in New Zealand. We eagerly anticipate incorporating this aircraft into our operations in time for summer 2024."

As well as this Acquisition, the company’s Cessna Grand Caravan EX ZK-PPR will be sent to Napier in late August to be repainted in Glenorchy Air Livery. This will have the expanded fleet looking sharp for the busy tourist season ahead.

Glenorchy Air is a CAA Part 135 and 125-certificated airline based in Queenstown, NZ. It specializes in scenic flights to Milford Sound, Mt. Cook, and Stewart Island.

Glenorchy Air's first Daher Kodiak 100, ZK-KDK, at Queenstown

Source : Glenorchy Air Press Release

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