Air New Zealand Link

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Air New Zealand Link
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 1991 (1991)[1]
Hubs Auckland
Frequent-flyer program Airpoints
Airport lounge Koru Club
Alliance Star Alliance (affiliate)
Fleet size 56
Destinations 22
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 three 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]


As of 5 January 2016, Air New Zealand Link carriers have the following:

Airline Aircraft In Service Orders Options Passengers Gallery Notes
Air Nelson Bombardier DHC-8-Q300 23 - - 50 150px [5]
Eagle Airways Beechcraft 1900D 12 - - 19 150px [6]

Fleet operations gradually wound down completely by August 2016.

Mount Cook Airline ATR 72-500 11 0 0 68 150px [7]

Additional 15 ATR72-600s were brought by Air New Zealand on 5th of November 2015,
these new ATR72s will be replacing the existing ATR72-500s.
Deliveries are set to start end of 2016.

ATR 72-600 9[8] 21[9] 1 68 150px
Total 56 21 1

Eagle Airways flight operations to cease completely by August 2016 leaving just the Q300 and ATR72 family operating Link services.


As of 27 November 2015, Air New Zealand flies to the following destinations:


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