Sounds Air

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Sounds Air
Sounds Air Logo.jpg
IATA ICAO Callsign
S8 SDA[1] SOUNDSAIR[1]
Founded 1986
Hubs Wellington International Airport
Fleet size 8
Destinations 8
Headquarters Picton, New Zealand
Key people Cliff Marchant (Director/Owner), Andrew Crawford (Managing Director/Owner), Steve Handyside (Director/Owner)
Website Sounds Air
A Sounds Air Cessna Caravan at Wellington International Airport in 2009
Sounds Air Grand Caravan at Christchurch International Airport in 2014

Sounds Air is a New Zealand airline based at Picton.[2] The airline was founded in 1986 by Cliff and Diane Marchant with a vision to provide low cost flights to the Marlborough Sounds.[3] The airline has its maintenance facility at the Omaka Airfield, Blenheim with its Sounds Aero Maintenance division based there.[4]

Services[edit]

Sounds Air operates four aircraft on scheduled flights between Wellington to Picton, Nelson, Blenheim, Taupo and Westport.[5] A service to Masterton is being considered from Wellington.[6] Sounds Air formerly served Kaikoura from Wellington and Kapiti Coast from Picton, both these scheduled flights stopped in 2009.[7] In addition to scheduled flights Sounds Air offer scenic flights over the Marlborough Sounds and Abel Tasman National Park.[8] The airline operates 19 flights per day from Wellington with 3 to Westport, 3 to Nelson, 3 to Taupo and 5 each to Picton and Blenheim. While Blenheim has 3 daily flights to Kapiti Coast.[9]

On 30 January 2015, Sounds Air commenced services to Kapiti Coast Airport from Blenheim. They may also serve routes being axed by Air New Zealand such as Taupo to Wellington with the Pilatus.[10] Another route being looked at is Nelson to Palmerston North and Blenheim to Napier among others.[11] Flights from Wellington to Westport began on 28 April 2015.[12] Early May 2015, Sounds Air announced that it will cease services between Wellington and Wanganui citing poor loadings. The last flight will be on May 15.[13] Mid May 2015, Sounds Air announced two new routes they will be operating. Firstly the Kapiti Coast to Nelson route to begin 15 June 2015. Secondly the Blenheim to Napier route to begin in August.[14]

Destinations[edit]

These are the airline's current destinations:[15]

Fleet[edit]

Sounds Air operate the following aircraft:[16]

Sounds Air Fleet
Aircraft Total Orders Passengers
(Economy)
Cessna 208 B Grand Caravan 3 13
Cessna C208 Caravan 2 13
Pilatus PC-12 3 1[17] 9

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • On 19 March 1989 Britten Norman BN2A Islander, ZK-SFE, While attempting to land at Tiraora Lodge the aircraft struck a telephone wire and descended into the sea. The pilot and five passengers were rescued but suffered varying degrees of injury.[18]
  • On 29 January 1996 Cessna 208 Caravan, ZK-SFA, crashed into the eastern slopes of Mount Robertson on approach to Picton Aerodrome at Koromiko after a flight from Wellington. All five passengers were killed, but the pilot survived.[19]

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