Nelson today, NZ Prime Minister John Key officially opens new $12m Air New Zealand Hangar

August 14th, 2010

Remember this…

Proposed New Hangar

Proposed New Hangar

It was April earlier this year. The 80m x 60m building has only taken 9 months to complete.

Hangar now ready for business (click on photo to enlarge to monster size)

Hangar now ready for business (click on photo to enlarge to monster size)

Well she’s all finished now and today was the official Opening, Official blessing and Public day all rolled into one.

Open Day was today

Open Day was today

Just to complete the picture, a Mt Cook ATR72 showed up too.

Mt Cook Airlines ATR72-212A arriving

Mt Cook Airlines ATR72-212A arriving

These are the planes from Air New Zealand’s Mt Cook Airline division that Air Nelson will now be performing maintenance on, and can only perform work because of the existence of this new hangar.

John Key and party arrives

John Key and party arrives

The official ceremonies got underway when the official party arrived.

Nelson MP Nick Smith arrives late...

Nelson MP Nick Smith arrives late...

Local MP Nick Smith arrives.

the ceremony continues..

the ceremony continues..

The blessing and official welcome continues….

Inside Hangar (click to enlarge / monster size)

Inside Hangar (click to enlarge / monster size)

And this is what its all about…

ATR was popular

ATR was popular

The “not usually sighted in these parts” ATR72-212A was a popular choice for many of the hundreds of sightseers on the day.

ATR72-212A Information

ATR72-212A Information

On account of the new maintenance contract though, these planes will now become a more common sight around Nelson airspace.

Air NZs Q300s lined up on a Sunday morning earlier this year

Air NZ's Q300s lined up on a Sunday morning earlier this year

Alongside Air Nelsons existing 23 x Q300’s, Mt Cooks ATR72’s have now meant Air Nelson could employ up to another 30 aircraft engineers, a great boost for the local economy.

There were many extra exhibitors there too and quite a selection of interested sightseers meant a busy time for all.

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