|East Air's first aircraft, Piper Navajo ZK-DCE, taken at Christchurch on 24 December 1984. Photo : S Lowe|
|Partenavia P68 ZK-NMK taken at Napier on 6 August 1984. Photo : S Lowe|
Later in the year Piper Pa31-350 Chieftain ZK-EVD (c/n 31-7405241) replaced the Navajo and Partenavia. From the 1st of October 1984 East Air extended its services to include a Gisborne-Rotorua sector. One of the features of East Air’s service was that the airline offered fruit juice and a snack of biscuits or cakes.
|Almost a year after the airline folded East Air's Piper Pa31 Chieftain was still in the company colour scheme carrying the People not Places subtitles. Photo taken at Ardmore on 2 November 1986 by S Lowe|
|Cessa 337 ZK-TAI was operated under East Air's licence by Craig Emeny before the formation of Air Chathams. It is seen here on maintenance at Hastings of 20 February 1985. Photo : S Lowe|
Late in 1985 East Air sought approval from the Air Services Licensing Authority for further expansion, applying to conduct a Category "A" air transport service to and from the Chatham Islands from Auckland, Napier, Wellington and Christchurch using a Hawker Siddeley 748 as well as adding New Plymouth to their Napier, Gisborne, Rotorua service. East Air was keen to promote tourism to the Chathams in conjunction with a new lodge being built there and it suggested to Government authorities that it might be able offer an unsubsidised service to the Chathams with the larger Hawker Siddeley 748, but also acknowledging there wasn’t room for Safe Air and East Air operating two large aircraft to the Chathams.