16 August 2012
Eagle flights still out - Just how many Beeches are still grounded?
The effects of the Eagle Beech 1900 grounding are still continuing. Wanaka has not had an Eagle service since the initial grounding last week and their is not indication as to when the service will resume as this piece from the Wanaka Sun (16 August 2012) makes clear...
No definite date has been set by Eagle Air for the return of scheduled air services between Wanaka and Christchurch. The fleet of 18 Beechcraft 1900D aircraft used for the fligpts were wounded last Tuesday after cracks were discovered in the tail area of an aircraft. The company has now reported 11 of their aircraft fully cleared and back in service after additional inspections were made in consultation with the manufacturer. Attempts to contact Eagle Air general manager Carrie Hurihanganui were declined by the company with the Wanaka Sun directed to Air New Zealand publicity spokesperson, Brigitte Ransom. She was asked by email for a definite date of resumption of services, what passenger numbers had been like, whether there were financial difficulties affecting the service and whether there were any plans for any schedule changes or a larger plane such as a Dash 8 enabling a greater number of discounted seats. Her reply did not address the questions but reiterated what she had written in an earlier press release which said: "We are currently working through the schedule adjustments for next week which are expected to include the resumption of some flights into and out of Wanaka."
I notice a few cancellations for this afternoon on the Air NZ website including Auckland-Kaitaia, Wellington-Whangarei, Taupo-Wellington and Masterton, like Wanaka, hasn't been getting a service since the grounding started. But it is the South Island that seems to be really hammered. Hokitika's four daily Beech flights have been changed to two Q300 flights most days which may move the passengers but the overnight service is not operating. Most Eagle flights to Blenheim have been cancelled this afternoon. Vincents have at times been using two Jetstreams but one wonders if they have enough crews to keep both them in the air.
So, just how many Beeches are still grounded I wonder?!
Posted by Steve L at 2:42 PM