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Airwork Brand image.gif
IATA ICAO Callsign
AWK Airwork
Founded 1936
Operating bases Auckland, Brisbane, Perth
Subsidiaries Airwork (NZ) Limited,
Airwork Flight Operations Ltd,
Helilink Ltd,
Skylink Ltd,
Inflite Charters Ltd
Fleet size 20[1]
Parent company Airwork Group
Headquarters Auckland, New Zealand
Key people
  • Chris Hart (CEO)
  • Brian Fouhy (CFO)
Revenue $130 million

Airwork is an aviation business based in Auckland, New Zealand. The Airwork Group is New Zealand's largest general aviation company. It focuses on fixed wing and helicopter maintenance, leasing and operations working with private and public entities on aviation operations from the Auckland Police and Westpac helicopters to chartered 737s.

It operates freight services in Australia for Toll Priority and Pacific Air Express. It leases passenger aircraft to the Australian charter operator Alliance Airlines. It operates night postal services for New Zealand Post in a joint venture agreement and operates a separate charter entity known as Inflight Charters Ltd. Its main fixed wing base is Auckland Airport, with helicopter operations at Ardmore Airport and Queenstown Airport in New Zealand. At Brisbane Airport and Perth Airport in Australia.[2]


The original company goes back to 1936 when Airwork first started, in Wellington, assembling Tiger Moth biplanes. As the industry developed, Airwork moved into the engine overhaul business and in the 1970s became a listed company in which Brierley Investments built up a substantial shareholding. The Airwork group is one of New Zealand’s oldest aviation companies. Airwork Holdings Limited was listed on the New Zealand Stock Exchange (NZX) in 2013 with the code AWK. Airwork's profit has increased 52% in the year ending 30 June 2014.[3]


An Airwork Boeing 737-300 freighter at Brisbane Airport (2011).
An Airwork Boeing 737-400F, operating for Toll Priority, at Christmas Island Airport (March 2016).

As of October 2016 the Airwork fleet consists of the following aircraft:[4][5]

In addition to the aircraft above, Airwork owns 29 Helicopters.[6]

Airwork in October 2014 has ordered 7 more Boeing 737-400SF from Aeronautical Engineers Inc to increase their fleet to 13.[7] Parcelair (Freightways/New Zealand Post) will be using Boeing 737-400Fs leased from Airwork from May 2016 to replace their ageing Convair and F27 fleet.[8]

Incidents and accidents[edit]

  • On 26 November 1993, two aircraft operated by Airwork, under contract to the New Zealand Police, collided in mid-air over central Auckland. The collision of the Aérospatiale TwinStar helicopter and Piper Archer airplane resulted in the deaths of all four occupants.
  • On 2 May 2005 a Fairchild SA227-AC Metro III registration ZK-POA broke up in flight 6 km East of Stratford. The flight was a NZ Post service from Auckland to Blenheim. The crash killed the two occupants.[9]
  • On 26 January 2014 a Boeing 737-300F ZK-TLC conducting a Toll freight service from Brisbane was involved in an incident while landing at Henderson field, Honiara in the Solomons Islands. The right landing gear collapsed during the roll out. All three crew were not hurt in the incident.[10]


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