Air Freight NZ

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Air Freight NZ
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded July 1989 [1]
Ceased operations July 2016
Operating bases Auckland, Christchurch and Palmerston North
Fleet size 5
Destinations 3
Parent company Freightways
Headquarters Auckland, New Zealand

Air Freight NZ was a cargo airline based in Auckland, New Zealand. It operated scheduled overnight cargo services on behalf of owner Freightways, and is supported by sister company Fieldair holdings.[2] Domestic charter services are also operated. Its main base is Auckland Airport, with hubs at Christchurch International Airport and Palmerston North International Airport.[3]

Two Air Freight NZ Convair 580s at Auckland in 2009


The airline started operations in July 1989,[1] headed by William (Bill) Olsen. Its primary contract was with the courier division of Freightways Group. It is now wholly owned by Freightways Express. The Convair carries 11 cargons of freight on each trip. Despite its age the Convair is a great performer capable of transporting seven and a half tonnes of freight at 300 kts.[4][5]

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • 3 October 2003: Air Freight NZ Convair 580, ZK-KFU, was lost off radar near the Kapiti Coast. Fatalities: 2.[6]
  • 31 July 1989: Air Freight NZ Convair 580, ZK-FTB, descended shortly after takeoff from Auckland Airport, colliding with a bank before crashing into Manukau Harbour. Fatalities: 3.[1][7]


Air Freight NZ operated freight services to the following destinations in April 2013:[3] Auckland, Christchurch and Palmerston North. Air Freight operates seven northbound flights per night from Christchurch Airport.


The former Air Freight NZ fleet consisted of the following aircraft (at June 2014):[3]


  1. ^ a b c King, John (1995). Aviation Accidents and Disasters. New Zealand Tragedies. Wellington: Grantham House. p. 136. ISBN 1-86934-042-6. 
  2. ^ "Change for Night Time Flyers". 3rd Level New Zealand. Retrieved 29 July 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 2007-03-27. p. 57. 
  4. ^
  5. ^ "CONVAIR OPERATIONS: ANOTHER FIELDAIR SUCCESS STORY". Pacific Wings. 1991-06-01. p. 18. 
  6. ^ "ASN Accident Report". 
  7. ^ "ASN Accident Report". 

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