Air National

Air National is an airline based in Auckland, New Zealand. It operates domestic and international charter services and scheduled passenger services for Air New Zealand Link. Its main bases are Auckland International Airport, Wellington International Airport, with a hub at Christchurch International Airportcite news | title= Directory: World Airlines | work= Flight International | page= 63 | date= 2007-03-27] .

History

The airline was established in 1989 and started operations in 1990. It was originally known as Menzies Aviation and rebranded as Air National Corporate in 1992. In 1996 the company won a New Zealand airways calibration contract for all local and South Pacific operations. Scheduled operations for Ansett New Zealand and operations as an international jet charter broker were launched in 1997. The airline is owned by Iain Ballantyne, Ian Gray and Jason Gray and has 50 employees (at March 2007).

Air National has rebranded some of its corporate jet services under the brand of JetPlus.

Destinations

Air National operates scheduled services for Air New Zealand Link to the following detinations (at March 2007) :
*Auckland - Kaitaia
*Christchurch - Oamaru
*Christchurch - Hokitika
*Christchurch - Blenheim
*Blenheim-Wellington

Air National also provides ad-hoc airline support for Eagle Air and Air Nelson throughout their respective networks. Air National will replace Vincent Aviation on the Wellington Wanganui and morning Westport services beginning late May 2008.

Fleet

The Air National fleet consists of the following aircraft (at January 2008) :

*5 BAe Jetstream 32EP (Registrations ZK-ECI, ECJ, ECN, ECP, ECR)
*1 Gulfstream GIV-SP
*1 IAI Westwind II
*1 Gulfstream G200

Previously operated

At January 2006 the airline also operated: Fact|date=April 2007
*1 Convair 580
*1 Bombardier Dash 8 Q200

Incidents

* On 8 February 2008, the pilots of flight NZ2279 from Blenheim to Christchurch were attacked and stabbed by a female passenger who claimed to have two bombs on board. The woman was subdued and the aircraft made a safe landing. [http://www.stuff.co.nz/4392665a10.html]

External links

* [http://www.airnational.co.nz Air National]

References

Airlines of New Zealand


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