Freedom Air

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Freedom Air
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 1995
Commenced operations 1995
Ceased operations 30 March 2008
Destinations 12
Parent company Air New Zealand
Headquarters Auckland, New Zealand
Key people Rob Fyfe (CEO, Air New Zealand)
A Freedom Air Airbus A320 in Dunedin
Freedom Air's ZK-OJO wore special colours to promote Warner Bros. Movie World

Freedom Air was Air New Zealand Group's low-cost airline which operated from December 1995 to March 2008. It ran scheduled passenger services from New Zealand to Australia and Fiji and charter services within New Zealand. Its main base was Auckland Airport.[1]


The airline was established in 1995 as a response to the commencement of discount services between Australia and New Zealand by Kiwi Airlines[2] and started operations on 8 December 1995 with a single Boeing 757. It was formed as South Pacific Air Charters by Mount Cook Airline.

By 2004 its fleet had expanded to five Boeing 737-300[3] aircraft and it was providing direct non-stop services to the Australian cities of Brisbane, Gold Coast, Newcastle, Sydney and Melbourne from Hamilton, Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin and Palmerston North. Flights to Fiji were also operated. It briefly operated on the New Zealand main trunk domestic routes such as Auckland–Christchurch, but ceased these services to concentrate on providing value trans-Tasman flights.[2]

In June 2006, aircraft from Freedom Air were combined with Air New Zealand's fleet of Airbus A320-200 under the Air Operators Certificate (AOC) of Zeal320 Limited, which was then the sole operator of the Air New Zealand Group's Airbus fleet.[4] When the airline ceased Zeal320 had one aircraft (ZK-OJO) painted in Freedom Air livery.[5] As such, Freedom Air has no aircraft or current Air Operators Certificate, and Freedom Air is no longer an operational entity.[6]

Air New Zealand decided to ceased all Freedom Air operations from 30 March 2008.[7]


Throughout its existence, Freedom Air flew to six destinations in New Zealand, five in Australia and one in Fiji.[8] When the airline shut down on 30 March 2008, all services were replaced by Air New Zealand flights, with the exception of flights out of Palmerston North, which left the airport without any international services.[9] Flights to Nadi and Newcastle were withdrawn prior to 2008.


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