Air Chathams

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Air Chathams
Air Chathams logo.png
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 1984
Operating bases Chatham Islands Airport
Fleet size 9
Destinations 6
Headquarters Chatham Islands
Key people Craig Emeny (CEO)

Air Chathams Limited is an airline based in Te One, the Chatham Islands, New Zealand.[3] It was established in 1984 and operates scheduled passenger services between the Chatham Islands and the North and South islands of New Zealand, as well as local charters. Its main base is Chatham Islands / Tuuta Airport.[4] A fully owned subsidiary (Chathams Pacific) operated scheduled flights in Tonga until March 2013. The introduction of Chinese (PRC) aid financed aircraft and training facilities at the request of the Tongan government introduced competition to Chathams Pacific's routes.[5] Air Chathams Ltd management decided not to compete with the new airline, Real Tonga, and ceased all Tongan operations.[6] Air Chathams began serving the Auckland to Whakatane route on 29 April 2015.[7]



Air Chathams Convair 580 at Tuuta Airport, Chatham Islands in September 2003
Air Chathams at Wellington, 21 May 2007

As at June 2015, the Air Chathams fleet includes the following aircraft:

Air Chathams Fleet
Aircraft Total Passengers
Convair 580 3 50
DC-3 1 25
Fairchild Metro III 1 19
Beechcraft Queen Air 65 2 8
Britten-Norman Islander 1 8
Cessna 206 1 5
Total 9

The Britten-Norman Islander and Beechcraft Queen Air aircraft were used exclusively by the Air Chathams subsidiary, Chathams Pacific, in Tonga. The Convair 580s and the Metro III are used across the company's operations as well as contract freight services and charter work. The Cessna 206 provides a non-regular service between Chatham Island and Pitt Island and is on standby for Search And Rescue or local flights around the Chatham Islands as well.[8]


  1. ^ Not an IATA allocation-issued for domestic use by Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand.
  2. ^ "Airline operator callsigns" (PDF). Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand. 2006-01-17. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-08-08. Retrieved 2007-08-16. 
  3. ^ "Contact Us." Air Chathams. Retrieved on 29 November 2011. "Address:North Road, Te One, Chatham Islands, 8942"
  4. ^ "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 2007-03-27. p. 55. 
  5. ^ "How China's gift of an aeroplane put Tonga, New Zealand at odds". The Sydney Morning Herald. 
  6. ^
  7. ^ Georgia Nelson. "Flight relief for Whakatane". 
  8. ^ "Our Aircraft". Air Chathams. 

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