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Air Chathams Convair retirement

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https://mailchi.mp/airchathams/air-chat ... tes-369954

Our beautiful Convairs will remain in operation through until 2021 when we will start to phase them out completely. It will be a sad day when we witness our last Convair service. They have been the backbone of our airline for a quarter century!
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...picture made on 05 feb 2021:
https://www.instagram.com/p/CK7dHmBM4Sa/
Just after our DC-3 left for Tauranga and just before our ATR arrived from the Chathams.
A great photo taken this morning of our planes and hangar at aucklandairport.
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...it looks like the final Convair 580 will be retired by Air Chathams in August/September 2021:
https://www.stuff.co.nz/travel/news/123 ... r-chathams

Also:
https://sh1.sendinblue.com/vdneggmett7e ... 1618455077
Following the announcement of the trans-Tasman bubble,
we're excited to announce that we're resuming flights to and from Norfolk Island from May 27th, 2021.

Our timetable has been adjusted to see us flying from New Zealand to Norfolk Island on Thursdays departing Auckland at 10:30am allowing easy connections from domestic flights.
Flights will arrive back into Auckland at 4:45pm, again allowing for easy transit to destinations outside of Auckland.


We'll also be introducing a new aircraft type on this route - the Saab 340.
If you've travelled between Auckland and Whanganui or Kapiti with us before,
you'll have experienced the comfortable and spacious interior of this popular aircraft
that will be flying with our famous inflight service of Tim Tams!
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On October 7, 2020, this website reported that New Zealand operator Air Chathams planned on retiring its CV580 aircraft in 2021 and replacing them with ATR-72s. Sadly this has come to pass with Tim Gorman/ZKaviation reporting that Air Chathams recently retired CV580 ZK-CIE, which had been in service with the airline since 1997. "The last airworthy fully passenger configured Convair 580 in scheduled service in the world, ZK-CIE is grounded, and will after 64 years not fly again. Air Chathams final remaining Convair 580 ZK-CIB is a "Combi" which has the capability of carrying passengers and freight at the same time." With Air Chathams reporting that all CV580s will be retired by September 2021, there’s not too much time left to get a ride on ZK-CIB. If you can’t hitch a ride on the real thing, AIRCLIPS has produced a 31 minute video documenting a flight onboard ZK-CIE that is very much worth watching.

http://www.proplinerinfoexchange.com/1- ... JUN07-2021
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