This is the final post of four detailing the history of Eagle Air... The first three can be found at
|The two "temporary" Beech 1900Ds... ZK-JND and ZK-JNG taken at Woodbourne on 1 November 2011|
|The first of Eagle Air's own Beech 1900s, ZK-EAA at Hokitika on 5 July 2010|
|Beech 1900D ZK-EAB arrives into Auckland on 21 June 2008|
|Beech 1900 ZK-arrives at Kaitaia, Eagle's most northern port, on 31 March 2009|
|Flying from Auckland to Kerikeri on 5 July 2011|
|The arrival of the first flight into Oamaru on 6 August 2006... Source : Otago Daily Times|
|A late running Beech flight meant both the early morning Beech flight to Hokitika and the later Air National Jetstream were on the ground at the same time on 25 January 2006|
Again in early 2007 services were expanded. From the 12th of February Hokitika received a fifth weekday service to Christchurch, Taupo received an additional service to Wellington and weekday flights between Wellington and Westport were doubled enabling passengers from either centre enough time at their destination to conduct their business before returning home the same day. Vincent Aviation’s Beech aircraft were often used for the morning sectors. Wanganui was also linked south to Wellington for the first time since 2002 and this allowed connections to South Island centres.
|The spectacular wheels-up landing of Beech 1900 ZK-EAK at Woodbourne on 18 June 2007. The landing can also be seen on Youtube - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MZZvNmt57rE|
Photo : Marlborough Express
|The two "new" - second hand Beech 1900Ds... Above ZK-EAQ departs Hokitika on 11 January 2008 while below, ZK-EAR is on final approaches to Runway 34 at Wellington on 7 January 2013|
|The inaugural flight from Masterton being prepared for departure, 16 February 2009. Photo : Eagle Air|
|A brace of Beech 1900s - ZK-EAF (nearest) and ZK-EAL taxi for departure at Auckland on 29 April 2010|
|The final flight to Wanaka : Source : http://www.odt.co.nz/news/queenstown-lakes/244194/eagle-air-takes-resort-last-time|
Further cuts were announced in September 2013. On the 24th of December 2013 the final Wanganui to Wellington service was cut due to lack of demand along with increased costs. On the 7th of February 2014 Auckland to Masterton service was cut with Beech 1900D ZK-EAK operating EAG025 from Auckland to Masterton and EAG026 from Masterton to Auckland.. Again lack of demand was cited along with increased operating costs leading to the route being no longer economically viable. From the same day Westport lost two flights a week.
|Was it a good investment? The Masterton airport terminal as seen on 15 April 2009... Will it have an airline serving it after the 7th of February 2014?|
Changes to the runway length requirements meant the Beech 1900s were increasingly unsuitable for air services into Whangarei. The final services, EAGLE 856/857 from Auckland to Whangarei and return were operated on the 9th of February 2014. The Whangarei-Wellington service continued to operated by Eagle until April 2015.
Kerikeri's last Beech 1900 flights were operated in Febraury 2015. ZK-EAB did the last overnight service flying in on 7 February as NZ2674 and flying out on 8 February as NZ2661. Then later in the day ZK-EAM flew the last two Auckland-Kerikeri return flights as NZ2654/NZ2689 and NZ2662/NZ2665.
On the 28th of April 2015 Eagle Air operated its final services from Kaitaia, Whakatane and Westport with all three centres losing their Air New Zealand service. The final Westport services were operated under the command of Captain Andrew Mercer and First Officer Jason McDonald in Beech 1900D ZK-EAN on flights (EAG587/EAG588).
|Air New Zealand flies out of Westport on 28 April 2015 for the last time. Beech 1900 ZK-EAN|
Beech 1900 ZK-EAE operated the final flight from Whakatane to Auckland (EAG532) and the final return flight from Auckland to Kaitaia (EAG602 and EAG603). Beech 1900 ZK-EAI operated the final Taupo-Wellington service (EAG501).
The final flights into Taupo, Rotorua, Tauranga and on the Auckland-Hamilton route were operated by Beech 1900 ZK-EAB the 8th of February 2016.
|The final flight to Taupo. Beech 1900 ZK-EAB on 8 February 2016|
|The arrival of the final Auckland-Hamilton service - ZK-EAB at Hamilton. Eagle Air first flew the Auckland-Hamilton route in 1980 with Embraer Bandeirante ZK-ERU.|
On the 1st of May 2016 Eagle Air operated its final South Island services. Beech 1900D ZK-EAC operated the final services between Christchurch and Hokitika while Beech 1900D ZK-EAH operated the final services from Blenheim flying to Christchurch and return.
After earlier being replaced by Bombardier Q300s on the Auckland-Wanganui route the Beech 1900 was again redeployed to operate the Wanganui service. The final services EAGLE 761/762 from Auckland to Wanganui and return were operated on the 12th of June 2016.
Eagle Air pulled out of Gisborne on the 31st of July 2016. The final Eagle service was operated from Gisborne to Wellington by Beech 1900 ZK-EAN (NZ2237/Eagle 237).
|Eagle 237 taxis out from Gisborne on the last flight to Wellington on 31 July 2016.|
|The final flight, NZ2106, Eagle 106 from Palmerston North to Hamilton|
|Fuelling up for the Eagle's Air final flight, Beech 1900 ZK-EAH at Palmerston North on 26 August 2016|
|Boarding Eagle 2106 for Hamilton - Captain Chris Mortimore greets Captain Alan Breen...|
|ZK-EAH after its final flight to Hamilton on 26 August 2016. Drinks in the Koru Lounge followed. Through the window I saw EAH being towed silently away like a heare driving into the darkness.|
Malcolm Campbell's Eagle Air was marked with courageous innovation and enterprise. Its impact on the history of regional air services in New Zealand has been huge. It is with real sadness that we bid it farewell.