Air New Zealand Link

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Air New Zealand Link
Air NZ link logo.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 1991 (1991)[1]
Hubs Auckland
Frequent-flyer program Airpoints
Alliance Star Alliance (affiliate)
Fleet size 50
Destinations 20
Parent company Air New Zealand
Headquarters "The Hub"
Western Reclamation, Auckland City
Key people Christopher Luxon, CEO
Carrie Hurihanganui
John Hambleton[2]

Air New Zealand Link is a brand name under which two regional airlines operate feeder flights for Air New Zealand. They primarily connect regional centres with New Zealand's three main international airports.


Air New Zealand Link was formed as the brand name for regional services in 1991, covering the three airlines Air New Zealand had purchased interests in; Eagle Airways, Mount Cook Airline and Air Nelson.[1] The three airlines were purchased as Air New Zealand found it not viable to operate its own regional services due to the introduction of new competition, Ansett New Zealand.[3]

The airlines were purchased as below:

  • Mount Cook Airline - Initial stake purchased by NAC in 1973, increased to 30% on 5 December 1983, then to 77% in October 1985, and finally 100% on 18 April 1991.
  • Air Nelson - 50% stake purchased by Air New Zealand in October 1988, increased to 100% in 1995.[4]
  • Eagle Airways - 50% stake purchased by Air New Zealand in October 1988, which grew to 100% in 1995.[3]

Eagle Airways was gradually wound down and ended operations in 2016.


As of 31 December 2017 the Air New Zealand Link carriers operate the following aircraft:

Airline Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
Air Nelson Bombardier Q300 23 - 50 [5]
Mount Cook Airline ATR 72-500 9 - 68 [6]

An additional 15 ATR72-600s were ordered in November 2015, these will be replacing the existing 11 ATR72-500s. Deliveries will start end of 2016.[7]

ATR 72-600 18[8] 11 68
Total 50 11


As of April 2018 Air New Zealand Link flies to the following destinations:

City IATA ICAO Airport Mt Cook Nelson Notes
Auckland AKL NZAA Auckland Airport Yes Yes
Blenheim BHE NZWB Woodbourne Airport Yes
Christchurch CHC NZCH Christchurch International Airport Yes Yes
Dunedin DUD NZDN Dunedin Airport Yes Yes
Gisborne GIS NZGS Gisborne Airport Yes
Hamilton HLZ NZHN Hamilton Airport Yes Yes
Hokitika HKK NZHK Hokitika Airport Yes
Invercargill IVC NZNV Invercargill Airport Yes Yes
Kerikeri KKE NZKK Kerikeri Airport Yes
Napier NPE NZNR Hawke's Bay Airport Yes Yes
Nelson NSN NZNS Nelson Airport Yes Yes
New Plymouth NPL NZNP New Plymouth Airport Yes Yes
Palmerston North PMR NZPM Palmerston North Airport Yes Yes
Queenstown ZQN NZQN Queenstown Airport Yes
Rotorua ROT NZRO Rotorua Regional Airport Yes Yes
Taupo TUO NZAP Taupo Airport Yes
Tauranga TRG NZTG Tauranga Airport Yes Yes
Timaru TIU NZTU Richard Pearse Airport Yes
Wellington WLG NZWN Wellington International Airport Yes Yes
Whangarei WRE NZWR Whangarei Airport Yes


  1. ^ a b "Air Nelson Company Facts". Retrieved 19 October 2010. 
  2. ^ "Air Nelson Company Structure" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 25 May 2010. Retrieved 19 October 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "Eagle Airways History". Archived from the original on 12 June 2007. Retrieved 19 October 2010. 
  4. ^ "Company Facts". Air Nelson. Air Nelson. Retrieved 30 October 2013. 
  5. ^ "Air Nelson Fleet". Retrieved 16 October 2010. 
  6. ^ "Air New Zealand Fleet". 
  7. ^ "Air New Zealand buys 15 new planes for regional routes". Retrieved 5 November 2015. 
  8. ^ "Another ATR72-600 for Mt Cook Airline". MRC Aviation. Retrieved 23 April 2018.