Air Chathams

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Air Chathams
Air Chathams logo.png
IATA ICAO Callsign
3CCVA [1] CHATHAM [2]
Founded1984
Operating bases Auckland Airport,
Chatham Islands Airport
Fleet size13
Destinations8
Headquarters Chatham Islands
Key people Craig Emeny (CEO)
Duane Emeny (COO)
Website http://www.airchathams.co.nz
Air Chathams Convair 580 at Tuuta Airport, Chatham Islands in September 2003 ZKCIBTuuta.JPG
Air Chathams Convair 580 at Tuuta Airport, Chatham Islands in September 2003
Air Chathams Convair 580 at Wellington, 21 May 2007 Convair 580, Wellington, New Zealand, 21 May 2007.jpg
Air Chathams Convair 580 at Wellington, 21 May 2007
Air Chathams Fairchild Metroliner ZK-CID 2Air Chathams Metroliner0200808 24221.jpg
Air Chathams Fairchild Metroliner ZK-CID
Two of the Air Chathams Saab 340s Air Chathams Saab 340s.jpg
Two of the Air Chathams Saab 340s
Air Chathams' NAC livered DC-3 parked up at their ramp at Auckland Airport. ZK-AWP Air Chathams Douglas DC-3C Auckland.jpg
Air Chathams' NAC livered DC-3 parked up at their ramp at Auckland Airport.
The single Air Chathams owned Aero Commander at Auckland Airport. Air Chathams Turbo CommanderAir Chathams20200709-20200709 17363.jpg
The single Air Chathams owned Aero Commander at Auckland Airport.
Air Chathams ATR72-500 Air Chathams ATR72-500 ZK-MCO.jpg
Air Chathams ATR72-500

Air Chathams Limited is an airline based in the Chatham Islands, New Zealand. [3] It was established in 1984 and operates scheduled passenger services between the Chatham Islands and mainland New Zealand along with routes between Auckland and Whakatāne, and Auckland and Whanganui. Its main base is Chatham Islands / Tuuta Airport. [4]

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History

The airline was set up by Craig and Marion Emeny in 1984, and facilitates the transportation of both freight and people to and from mainland New Zealand. [5]

Craig Emeny first moved to the Chatham Islands as a pilot to operate services primarily between Chatham and Pitt Islands. At that time the lack of regularity in flights to mainland New Zealand saw him start his own airline and begin operations to mainland airports. [6] Air Chathams had the advantage of being based on the Chatham Islands and were able to avoid many of the weather related issues that other airlines had operating to the Chathams. As the freight and passenger market developed Air Chathams grew from operating small piston engine aircraft to large 50 seat two engine turbo-prop aircraft. [7]

In 2014 Air Chathams established a flight operations and maintenance base at Auckland International Airport. From this base the company provides maintenance services both internally and to third party airlines under contract. A fully owned subsidiary (Chathams Pacific) operated scheduled flights in Tonga until March 2013. The introduction of Chinese (PRC) aid financed aircraft and training facilities at the request of the Tongan government introduced competition to Chathams Pacific's routes. [8] Air Chathams' management decided not to compete with the new airline, Real Tonga, and ceased all Tongan operations. [9] With the Air New Zealand regional route cut backs, Air Chathams began serving the Auckland to Whakatāne route on 29 April 2015, [10] Auckland to Whanganui on 31 July 2016 [11] and Auckland to Kapiti Coast from 20 August 2018. [12]

In mid 2018, the airline announced that it was looking to re-establish flights between Auckland and Norfolk Island. [13] Air Chathams in April 2019 announced they will be taking over a fourth Air NZ route by starting a weekly service from Auckland to Norfolk Island on 6 September 2019. [14]

Destinations

Air Chathams destinations

This is a list of destinations served by Air Chathams, excluding subsidiaries. [15]

Hub
Future destination
Terminated destination
Charter
DestinationCountryIATAICAOAirport
Auckland New Zealand AKLNZAA Auckland Airport
Chatham Island New Zealand CHTNZCI Chatham Islands / Tuuta Airport [Base]
Christchurch New Zealand CHCNZCH Christchurch Airport
Kapiti Coast New Zealand PPQNZPP Kapiti Coast Airport [16]
Gisborne New Zealand GISNZGS Gisborne Airport
Napier New Zealand NPENZNR Hawkes Bay Airport
Pitt Island New Zealand NZPTPitt Island Airport (On Demand)
Wellington New Zealand WLGNZWN Wellington Airport
Whakatāne New Zealand WHKNZWK Whakatane Airport
Whanganui New Zealand WAGNZWU Whanganui Airport
Norfolk Island Australia NLKYSNF Norfolk Island Airport [17]

Chathams Pacific destinations

This is a list of destinations formerly served by Chathams Pacific, a wholly owned subsidiary of Air Chathams that operated between 2007 and 2013.

Terminated destination
DestinationCountryIATAICAOAirport
'Eua Tonga EUANFTE 'Eua Airport
Ha'apai Tonga HPANFTL Salote Pilolevu Airport
Niuafoʻou Tonga NFONFTO Niuafoʻou Airport
Niuatoputapu Tonga NTTNFTP Niuatoputapu Airport
Tongatapu Tonga TBUNFTF Fuaʻamotu International Airport
Vava'u Tonga VAVNFTV Vava'u International Airport

Fleet

As of January 2019, the Air Chathams fleet includes the following aircraft: [18]

Air Chathams Fleet
AircraftTotalPassengers
(Business*/Economy)
Convair 580 3 [19] 50
ATR 72-500 168
Douglas DC-3 125
Fairchild Metro III 219
Fairchild Metro 23 119
Aero Commander 690A 14
Cessna 206 15
Saab 340A 2 [20] 34
Saab340B 134
Total13
The Air Chathams CV-580 'Toroa Freighter' in Auckland. Air Chathams Convair 580F.jpg
The Air Chathams CV-580 'Toroa Freighter' in Auckland.

The Convair 580s, Saabs and Metroliners are used across the company's operations as well as contract freight services and charter work. The Cessna 206 provides a non-regular service between Chatham Island and Pitt Island and is on standby for search and rescue or local flights around the Chatham Islands. [21] The airline's Aero Commander 690 has been wet-leased out for aerial mapping and survey duties, [22] while the DC-3 is often chartered out for scenic flights and tours in a retro NAC livery. [23]

In 2018 Air Chathams acquired an ATR 72-500 from Mount Cook Airline. The ATR 72-500 runs flights for Tauck Tours in summer seasons, while assisting with peak traffic to Whanganui in the winter. [24] [18]

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