Third-level carrier expands

While the Covid-19 pandemic has caused problems for the New Zealand aviation industry generally, Originair has extended its services to Hamilton that it started last year. 

The company is adding a third Jetstream 32 EP to its fleet. Originair’s CEO Robert Inglis says, “A double daily Hamilton–Palmerston North peak time schedule is planned, although it hasn’t been implemented as early as intended due to Covid-19 related delays with the introduction of our next aircraft.” 

Another strait crossing centenary

A group of aviation enthusiasts with connections with the Croydon Aircraft Company commemorated two important firsts in the history of New Zealand aviation on Saturday 27 February. 

They celebrated the centenary of the first flight to Stewart Island on 13 January 1921, by Capt Maurice Buckley and two passengers in a de Havilland DH9. While this aircraft did not land on Stewart Island, on 27 February 1930 the celebrated aviator Oscar Garden, one of this country’s pioneering aviators, did so. 


Warbirds return to Wanaka

Display aircraft will once again be flying across the Wanaka skies at the Warbirds Over Wanaka International Airshow during Easter 2022, helping to celebrate the 85th anniversary of the RNZAF. 

While the 2020 airshow was cancelled due to New Zealand being in Covid-19 lockdown, the 2022 event is shaping up to be a must-see for aviation enthusiasts. Tickets are now on sale. 

All-electric aircraft by 2026

Rolls-Royce and Tecnam are joining forces with Widerøe, Scandinavia’s largest regional airline, to deliver an all-electric passenger aircraft for the commuter market, ready for revenue service in 2026. The project expands on the successful research programme involving Rolls-Royce and Widerøe on sustainable aviation and the existing partnership between Rolls-Royce and Tecnam on powering the all-electric P-Volt aircraft. 

Stein Nilsen, Widerøe chief executive, says, “Norway’s extensive network of short takeoff and landing airports is ideal for zero emissions technologies. This aircraft shows how quickly new technology can and will be developed, and that we are on track with our ambition of flying with zero emissions around 2025.” 

Air cargo increasing

Qatar Airways Cargo has taken delivery of three Boeing 777 Freighters as the airline continues to build its cargo division with the largest twin-engine freighter. The milestone also marks the 200th B777 Freighter to be delivered.

The triple delivery comes as air freight is playing a pivotal role amid the Covid-19 pandemic, including transporting newly approved vaccines, and is projected to increase more than 4 percent over the next two decades. 

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