|The de Havilland DH82 Tiger Moth ZK-BFM, taken at Invercargill on 22 September 1962, just five weeks before its demise.|
|Cessna 180 ZK-BQJ at Invercargill. Photographer unknown.|
On Labour Weekend 1960 and over the summer of 1960/61 Ritchie Air Services started operating scenic flights from Te Anau. This was the forerunner to the company receiving, in 1961, a licence to operate air charter and air taxi services not only from Gore, but Te Anau, Manapouri and Milford Sound as well.
The arrival of the first twin-engine aircraft, de Havilland DH89B Dominie ZK-ALB in July 1961 provided greater capacity and passenger acceptance and regular flights began Te Anau and Milford Sound soon after. In June 1962 the company’s base was relocated to Te Anau and the tourist flights over the scenic route between Te Anau and Milford Sound became the major feature of the company’s operations. There were timetabled departure times from Te Anau to Milford Sound and return. These were primarily tourist flights and were been dependent on loadings and the weather.
|The first Dominie, ZK-ALB. Photographer unknown.|
|ZK-ALB in its later colour scheme at Christchurch. Photographer unknown...|
|...and on a scenic flight|
|Ritchie Air Services timetable as at December 1962. Source : South Island Travel Guide December 1962|
A second de Havilland DH89B Dominie, ZK-AKY, was added to the fleet on the 18th of May 1964. It was sold to Ritchie Air Services by NAC, complete with spares, for the princely sum of £1000 pounds.
|Newly arrived from NAC, Dominie ZK-AKY in NAC colours with Ritchie Air Services titles on a publicity shoot. Photographer unknown.|
|eflecting Ritchie Air Services ownership by Tourist Air Travel Dominie ZK-AKY carriees TAT title on the tail and Ritchie Air Services titles on the fueselage. Photo taken at Dunedin on 8 October 1965. Photographer unknown.|
|De Havilland Tiger Moth ZK-BRC and De Havilland Domine ZK-AKY at Te Anau on 17 March 1966|
|Ritchie Air Services' Cessna 206 Super Skywagon ZK-CHQ|
|Cessna 206 Super Skywagon ZK-CHQ at New Plymouth for repairs after an unfortunate landing in 1963.|