Additional aircraft for Sounds Air
The first passengers on the inaugural flight of ZK-SAY in Sounds Air colours at Blenheim.
Wellington based airline Sounds Air has purchased another Cessna Grand Caravan (registration ZK-SAY) for their fleet, bring¬ing the total Caravans operating across Cook Strait to four.
The aircraft was previously operating with Salt Air in Kerikeri. Sounds Air purchased it in May this year and it has spent the last two months being repainted in Sounds Air fleet colours. It has also had the latest ‘glass’ cockpit technology installed to match the rest of the Sounds Air fleet.
The first commercial flight was on 22 July 2013 when 12 passengers boarded at Blen¬heim for a flight to Wellington. Each passen¬ger was given a bottle of champagne to cel¬ebrate the occasion and then took their seats in the new seating configuration that gives every passenger more legroom. Sounds Air’s other Grand Caravan is also to be fitted with the new seating configuration in the coming weeks.
The new aircraft is going to complement the existing fleet on flights from Wellington to Picton, Blenheim and Nelson. It also gives Sounds Air the opportunity to offer more charter flights and extra flights at peak times as demand increases at weekends and over the summer season. The airline plans to add a daily return freight flight across Cook Strait to enhance service to its exist¬ing customers and provide options to new freight clients.
- Photograph by Sounds Air.
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