Air New Zealand Link
|Hubs||Wellington International Airport|
|Airport lounge||Koru Club|
|Alliance||Star Alliance (affiliate)|
|Parent company||Air New Zealand|
Western Reclamation, Auckland City
|Key people||Christopher Luxton, CEO
Air New Zealand Link is a brand name under which three regional airlines operate feeder flights for Air New Zealand. They primarily connect regional centres with New Zealand's three main international airports.
Air New Zealand Link was formed as the brand name for regional services in 1991, covering the three airlines Air New Zealand had purchased interests in; Eagle Airways, Mount Cook Airline and Air Nelson. The three airlines were purchased as Air New Zealand found it not viable to operate its own regional services due to the introduction of new competition, Ansett New Zealand.
The airlines were purchased as below:
- Mount Cook Airline - Initial stake purchased by NAC in 1973, increased to 30% on 5 December 1983, then to 77% in October 1985, and finally 100% on 18 April 1991.
- Air Nelson - 50% stake purchased by Air New Zealand in October 1988, increased to 100% in 1995.
- Eagle Airways - 50% stake purchased by Air New Zealand in October 1988, which grew to 100% in 1995.
|Air Nelson||Bombardier DHC-8-Q300||23||-||-||50|||
|Eagle Airways||Beechcraft 1900D||15||-||-||19||
Fleet operations gradually wound down completely by August 2016.
|Mount Cook Airline||ATR 72-500||11||0||0||68|||
Eagle Airways flight operations to cease completely by August 2016 leaving just the Q300 and ATR72 family operating Link services.
As of 11 November 2014[update], Air New Zealand flies to the following destinations:
Serviced by Air Nelson:
Serviced by Eagle Airways:
Serviced by Mount Cook Airline:
- "Air Nelson Company Facts". Retrieved 19 October 2010.
- "Air Nelson Company Structure". Retrieved 19 October 2010.
- "Eagle Airways History". Retrieved 19 October 2010.
- "Company Facts". Air Nelson. Air Nelson. Retrieved 30 October 2013.
- Air New Zealand fleet change announced
- "Air Nelson Fleet". Retrieved 16 October 2010.
- "Eagle Airways Fleet". Retrieved 10 December 2012.
- "Air New Zealand Fleet".
- "Eagle Airways Destinations". Retrieved 5 November 2012.