|Beech C90 King Air ZK-UPA, taken at Ardmore in September 1981.|
In mid-1981 application was made to the Air Services Licencing Authority to transfer this air charter and air taxi licence to United Pacific Airlines and this was granted on the 23rd of October 1981.
|Evening Post, 19 February 1980|
|Auckland Aero Club's Partenavia, ZK-ERA, which was used on UPA's Northland service. Photo taken in Christchurch in March 1980.|
The airline returned to the Air Services Licencing Authority to resolve this licence issue requesting the addition of a minimum two Ardmore/Auckland-Kaitaia scheduled services per week and one scheduled Kaikohe-Kaitaia service per week. The company’s application was refused. Rather than pursue a daily service UPA reduced its schedule to three scheduled flights a week to Kaikohe combined with the non-scheduled service onward from Kaikohe to Kaitaia. This provided a late afternoon flight to Kaikohe and Kaitaia with the return service operating early the following morning.