Kiwi Air gets its wings


Kiwi Regional Airlines has clearance for take-off to Queenstown – the week before it takes to the skies.

Chief executive Ewan Wilson says it’s gained a Civil Aviation Authority air operating certificate which allows the airline to operate commercially, reaching the requirements to operate large aircraft as a commercial airline.

Wilson says the company’s the first airline in more than a decade to be issued such approval.

It’s not unusual for the certificate to be issued so close to the airline’s start date of next Tuesday, as the process involved a “proving flight” a week before the take-off date.

That was done on Monday.

Wilson describes gaining the certificate as a huge achievement.

“The extensive vetting required of our people, our aircraft, our procedures and our training to attain this has been exhaustive and I’d like to give full credit to all our staff and the CAA for the lengths they go to, to ensure we operate to the highest standards.”

The airline’s scheduled flights include direct flights between Dunedin and Queenstown, Dunedin and Nelson, and Nelson and Hamilton.

Wilson says bookings for flights between Dunedin, Nelson and Hamilton are ”superb”.

However, for , they are “poor”. While it’s early in the airline’s launch, aircraft will shift to other routes if they are not profitable, he warns.

Otago Daily Times