|Cessna 337 ZK-KLB at Ardmore.|
On the 22nd of June 1995 the company announced that it had bought the assets of the defunct Kiwi West Aviation, including Beechcraft Beech 65-B80 Excalibur Queen Air ZK-TAK (c/n LD-384), and that it hoped to reinstate a New Plymouth-Hamilton service the following week. The initial plans for the proposed service, which was aimed at business people, envisaged that the plane would be based at New Plymouth with an early morning and late afternoon New-Plymouth-Hamilton-New Plymouth service being offered on weekdays. Dan Tyrrell told the Taranaki Daily News, “Later the company would introduce a service between Hamilton and Gisborne, and later still one between New Plymouth and Palmerston North. Before that happened a second Excalibur would be bought and six more pilots employed.”
|Beech Queen Air ZK-TAL on departure from Hamilton on 27 September 1995.|
|Tyrrell Aviation timetable|
Loadings, however, did not meet expectations. The service, which was primarily for business people, was suspended over the traditionally quiet Christmas period. On the 10th of January 1996 the Gisborne Herald announced that the company would not be resuming the service and that passengers were being rebooked on Air New Zealand Link flights via Auckland and Wellington. The aircraft was subsequently sold to Yellow Fin Holdings Ltd, was reregistered as ZK-PHA, and operated Port Hutt Air’s air freight service between the Chatham Islands and the mainland.
|Beech Queen Air ZK-TAL at Hamilton on 16 December 1995.|