Air New Zealand Link
|Airport lounge||Koru Club|
|Alliance||Star Alliance (affiliate)|
|Parent company||Air New Zealand|
Western Reclamation, Auckland City
|Key people||Christopher Luxon, 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.
As of 25 May 2016[update], the Air New Zealand Link carriers operate the following aircraft:
|Air Nelson||Bombardier Q300||23||-||50|||
|Eagle Airways||Beechcraft 1900D||4||-||19||
Fleet operations gradually wound down, to cease completely by August 2016.
|Mount Cook Airline||ATR 72-500||11||-||68||
An additional 15 ATR72-600s were ordered in November 2015, these will be replacing the existing 11 ATR72-500s. Deliveries will start end of 2016.
Eagle Airways' flight operations are to cease completely by August 2016 leaving just the Q300 and ATR72 family operating Link services.
As of 27 November 2015[update], Air New Zealand Link 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" (PDF). Retrieved 19 October 2010.
- "Eagle Airways History". Retrieved 19 October 2010.
- "Company Facts". Air Nelson. Air Nelson. Retrieved 30 October 2013.
- "Air Nelson Fleet". Retrieved 16 October 2010.
- "Eagle Airways Fleet". Retrieved 10 December 2012.
- "Air New Zealand Fleet".
- "Air New Zealand buys 15 new planes for regional routes". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 5 November 2015.
- Andre, Orban. "Air New Zealand receives its 7th ATR 72-600 at the Paris Air Show". Retrieved 18 June 2015.
- "Air NZ cancels Auckland-Whanganui, Christchurch-Blenheim regional flights". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 30 May 2016.
- "Eagle Airways Destinations". Retrieved 5 November 2012.
- "Air New Zealand Domestic Network Changes from July 2016". airlineroute. Retrieved 26 April 2016.