If you’re doing business or holidaying in New Zealand and don’t have the time to drive from the top to the bottom of this beautiful country, another player has entered the airline community and will, subject to regulatory approval, begin flying at the end of September.
Their first aircraft, a SAAB 340A 32-seat twin-engine turboprop model, will leave Europe after pre-delivery checks and repainting in the new Kiwi livery at the end of August.
After a turnaround flight from Dunedin – Queenstown in the early morning, the aircraft will head for Nelson in the north of the South Island, a direct route not currently flown as a scheduled service. From Nelson, the aircraft will fly to Hamilton at the top of the North Island, renewing a route formerly offered by both Origin Pacific and Air New Zealand but discontinued in 2008.
The flight will return to Dunedin via Nelson in mid afternoon, with enough time for a second Dunedin – Queenstown return flight in the early evening. There are plans to add a second aircraft within the next twelve months.
For more information and up to date details regarding booking and services, the company website has the developing information.
Photo credit: Kiwi Air