August 14th, 2010
It was April earlier this year. The 80m x 60m building has only taken 9 months to complete.
Well she’s all finished now and today was the official Opening, Official blessing and Public day all rolled into one.
Just to complete the picture, a Mt Cook ATR72 showed up too.
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.
The official ceremonies got underway when the official party arrived.
Local MP Nick Smith arrives.
The blessing and official welcome continues….
And this is what its all about…
The “not usually sighted in these parts” ATR72-212A was a popular choice for many of the hundreds of sightseers on the day.
On account of the new maintenance contract though, these planes will now become a more common sight around Nelson airspace.
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.