|The ill-fated Convair, ZK-FTB at Palmerston North on 30 July 1989, the day before it crashed.|
|Convair 580 ZK-FTA taken at Auckland on 30 January 1992.|
|Convair ZK-JDQ at Auckland on the 26th of March 1994. It never carried Air Freight titles or colours.|
In October 1999 Air Freight NZ Ltd took over Vincent Aviation’s courier operation to the East Coast using Piper Pa23-250 Aztecs ZK-DGS (c/n 27-7304959) ZK-EVP (c/n 27-8054053), ZK-FMU (c/n 27-2970). These aircraft were all registered to the company the previous month. Again, with no published timetable, it is difficult to know what the aircraft did but the service seemed to follow a similar pattern to Vincent’s operation, with the Palmerston North based aircraft stopping at Napier and Wairoa and spending the day at Gisborne. The service primarily carried courier freight for NZ Couriers and the related operations of Freightways Ltd. The register records DGS being sold in April 2000 and FMU in September 2000. In June 2002 EVP was sold and the East Coast service passed to Sunair.
|Piper Aztec ZK-DGS on the Air Freight service to Gisborne on the 13th of October 1999, as it had been the day before. Given the aircraft had been registered to Air Freight in September 1999 I guess Air Freight took over from 1 October 1999.|
|Later in the same day I caught up with the another Air Freight Aztec, ZK-FMU at Palmerston North.|
|The third Air Freight Aztec, ZK-EVP at Gisborne on 9 February 2001|
|Convair 580 ZK-KFH with the simplifed tail logo taken at Auckland on the 19th of August 2008.|
|Air Freight (NZ)'s ill-fated Convair 580 ZK-KFU at Auckland on 7 October 1998|
Freightways announced that its subsidiary, Fieldair Holdings Limited, would form a joint venture company with Airwork Holdings Limited who would operate the three Boeings replacing the five Convairs and Airwork's two Fokker Friendships. The age of the turboprops and changing air freight patterns precipitated the change. It was announced that the customers of the new joint venture company, which became known as Parcelair, were to be Freightways' express package businesses and NZ Post’s Express Couriers Limited business.
The stretched Convair 5800, ZK-KFS, was the first aircraft to be withdrawn from Air Freight NZ service. It operated its last scheduled flights on the night of the 30th/31st December 2015 when it flew Christchurch - Palmerston North - Christchurch - Palmerston North - Christchurch, It then positioned from Christchurch to Palmerston North where it underwent an overhaul before being returning to its lessor, Kelowna Flight Craft in Canada.
|The sun goes down on Air Freight NZ's Convair 580 ZK-KFH as it rolled at Auckland on 26 January 2010|
Air Freight (NZ) and its Convair fleet provided a good and reliable air freight service since its introduction into New Zealand in 1989 and its closure marks the end of another chapter in our country's air freight history.
Fleet over the Years:
|Convair 580 ZK-KFJ at Auckland on 30 September 2008|