27 August 2016

Doin' the Eagle Rock - Farewell to a Great Airline

Awaiting departure... the last Eagle Air Beech 1900 in service, ZK-EAH at Hamilton on 26 August 2016

Air New Zealand announce the departure of flight 2105 to Palmerston North...

A nice touch by Hamilton Airport staff was played as we boarded... Click on the link!

Captain Chris Mortimore was supervising boarding and sitting in the right hand seat.

In the unlikely event of an emergency

The last day of looking into the cockpit of an Air New Zealand flight

GPU unplugged and almost ready to go

The sun going down on Eagle Air

and the last departure from Hamilton

Airborne off 36 passing the Eagle hangars and 3 Beech 1900s awaiting sale

A final flypast of the Waikato River

And then the view for the 50 minute flight was pretty much cloud

A full load of 19 pax

The Desert Road is over there...


Left turn for the 07 approach for Palmerston North 

Gear down

There is our gate over there!

In the left hand seat, Captain Peter Reid

It was a real privilege to meet Malcolm and Joan Campbell who were guests of honour on the flights between Hamilton and Palmerston North. Malcolm founded the Eagle Flying Academy in 1969. Eagle Airways started air services between Hamilton and Palmerston North on the 3rd of October 1975. Malcolm says his most significant move was introducing the Embraer Bandeirante to the airline's operation. In my opinion this was the most significant event in the history of regional air services in New Zealand and led to most regional airports in New Zealand having multiple flights each day making the aeroplane the most important mover of people around the country over trains and buses.

ZK-EAH being prepared at Palmerston North to operate NZ2421 (EAGLE 421) to Wellington

Eagle 421 on the taxi for Runway 25 

Eagle 421 rolling

The final Eagle Air flight - NZ2106 from Palmerston North to Hamilton

ZK-EAH back in Palmerston North after operating EAGLE 426 from Wellington

Fuelling up for the Eagle's Air final flight

A new generation aviation enthusiast... this young man and his mum flew up from Christchurch to fly on the final Eagle flight

Boarding Eagle 2106 for Hamilton - Captain Chris Mortimore greets Captain Alan Breen... Alan and first Officer Barry Brown flew last morning HLZ-PMR-WLG-PMR-HLZ services

Another full ship

Eagle Air's first service was from Hamilton to Palmerston North in 1975...
Nearly 41 years later final Hamilton-Palmerston North service

And yes, we were doing the Eagle Rock going into Hamilton

ZK-EAH back in Hamilton

Sarah Williamson, Group General Manager Regional Airlines and Airline Operations for Air New Zealand, met all the passengers coming off the final Eagle Air flight and presented them with a gift bag.

Eagle Air, you rocked!
The regional towns and cities of New Zealand will miss you!


For the history of Eagle Air see : 

Eagle Air – History

Part 3 – The Eagle Soars – Truly Becoming a Regional Airline

Part 4 – Eagle, the High Flying Link Carrier and its Future

Eagle Air's Hokitika Service

Eagle Air's Oamaru Service

Eagle Air's Wanaka Service

Eagle Air's Westport Service

26 August 2016

The End of Eagle

Beech 1900 ZK-EAH waiting at Hamilton before flying the last services from Eagle Airways... HLZ-PMR-WLG-PMR-HLZ...  As sad day...

25 August 2016

Going, Going, Boeing

Airwork's Friendship's, ZK-PAX and ZK-POH at Auckland on 12 August 2016

It seems the Fokker Friendships have quietly slipped from service in New Zealand... POST 675 operated from Auckland to Christchurch on the evening of Monday 15 August 2016 arriving in Christchurch two hours later at 12.15am the following morning. POST 676 operated the return flight an hour later arriving in Auckland about 3.00am on Tuesday 16 August 2016. There have been no Friendship flights operated since then.

If anyone could confirm these were the last Friendship flights I would appreciate it...
If it was the final flight does anyone know which Friendship was used and who the flight crew were?

Last night all the Post and freight flights were operated by Boeing 737s and a Metroliner... no Convairs, so one wonders if they too have or are about to finish.

The replacement... Parcelair Boeing 737-400 ZK-PAK at Auckland on 31 July 2016

22 August 2016

Lunchtime at Te Kowhai

It was a beautiful day at Te Kowhai yesterday I managed to score three new pictures...

Yet to fly #1 - Poorboy Aviation PB-1 ZK-BEE at Te Kowhai on 21 August 2016 

Yet to fly #2 - Just Aircraft Highlander ZK-MCQ at Te Kowhai on 21 August 2016 
And busy flying - Micro Aviation Bantam B22S ZK-PIK in the service at Te Kowhai on 21 August 2016