April 23 2010
In light of Air New Zealands recent decision to focus utilisation of its Christchurch engineering base for narrow body jet aircraft, like the A320 & 737, comes the great news that Nelson will be the point of call now for the main turboprop families.
As I earlier mentioned a few weeks back, the June 2010 completion of our new NZD$16m hanger (which can hold 5 x Q300’s under its roof at one time) could definitely have something to do with it.
PHOTO CREDIT – Wikipedia Yonny19
And this, above, is what all the fuss is about.
Although local Air New Zealand link operator Air Nelson operate 23 x Bombardier Q300 aircraft,
their sister company Mt Cook Airlines,
operate 11 of the larger ATR72-500’s pictured above.
These ATR72 aircraft will now call Nelson, and once completed, the new hangar, home for their maintenance work.
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It could also mean other benefits too, Air Nelsons planes are 50 seaters, while Mt Cook Airlines ATR’72-500s are 68 seaters, and it would surely make no sense to fly them to Nelson, or away from, empty?
Here’s the article from the Nelson Mail.
And my earlier talk about the new hangar here.
UPDATE: the discussion about this news also made the editorial in tonights paper.