Originair Update April 2023

Dear Passenger,

The first quarter of the year has evaporated so quickly and we are now making flight schedule variations reflecting the coming winter. These include tinkering with our Hamilton flight schedule to ensure the winter fogs they suffer from don’t impact our schedule to other ports on days when we can’t operate to and from Hamilton on time due to fog.

We continue to add further return services between Nelson and Palmerston North and following Easter, we will again add to our flights on this route. We really appreciate the growing support for our services on this sector which allows our continued schedule growth on this route.

During Covid we were forced to reduce our flying between Nelson and Wellington however, we reinstated some of these flights in the first quarter of this year and following Easter, will take the next step in offering you an increased selection of services that we hope will assist your travel choices.

We look forward to a busy April with both Easter and school holiday travellers flying during the month.

The year ahead looks challenging for the NZ economy due to a range of headwinds and our team at Originair is well positioned for this challenge and will make every effort to continue to offer you airline choice at affordable fares.

During the past quarter we have made two further staff appointments in Nelson. Cameron Perkins has joined us from the deep south as a Jetstream First Officer. Recently our Operations Manager, Murray Vincent, has been in the U.S. training for a corporate jet he is planning to fly at intervals during the year whilst still be available to assist with training at Originair.

Taking Murray’s position at Originair in the key Operations Manager role is Damian King. Damian has recently completed his interview with NZCAA and has been approved to take this role. Damian is well known to us as he was a Captain flying regional services from Nelson during our CEO’s time as Managing Director of Air Nelson. Damian has spent recent years flying corporate jets globally and his experience will be valuable now to Originair. Welcome to both Cameron and Damian.

We have sincerely appreciated the frequent email messages to the airline regarding the service passengers have experienced. Our team strive to offer the service they would like to experience, and your comments are very encouraging.

Tania Armstrong
Customer Service Manager, Originair

Originair Update January 2023

Originair announces new services between Palmerston North and Hamilton and an increase to its Nelson–Palmerston North schedule

From Monday, 19 October 2020 Originair will offer direct weekday services between Palmerston North and Hamilton. The new Palmerston NorthHamilton services will depart Palmerston North for Hamilton at 10:50am and depart Hamilton for Palmerston North at 1pm, Monday to Friday. This is an extension of the service Originair has operated from Nelson–Palmerston North since 2014.

Simultaneously, Originair is increasing its NelsonPalmerston North services from eight to fourteen flights per week. This increases its schedule to daily return services Monday to Thursday, and on Sunday. There will be two return services on Friday.

Flights for all services are now available via Originair’s booking system at www.originair.co.nz or by calling 0800 380 380.

“Demand for our services on the NelsonPalmerston North route has grown and we hope that this extra scheduled frequency will be helpful for travellers accessing the central North Island and for North Island travellers visiting the Top of the South,” says Originair CEO Robert Inglis.

“After services between Hamilton and Palmerston North ceased earlier in the year, we were asked to consider extending our services to introduce direct weekday flights on this route. We are very aware that many business travellers would like a double daily peak-time service and our intention is to increase our schedule in early 2021 to accommodate that demand.

“This represents a cautious start on the HamiltonPalmerston North route in line with the challenging times. Initially, we will service this schedule with a British Aerospace 19-seat Jetstream aircraft but we may increase the aircraft gauge to accommodate demand.”

In order to ensure Originair’s capacity to operate the additional flights the company has imported a further British Aerospace Jetstream 32EP from Iceland to add to its fleet.

“This aircraft is currently being prepared for CAA inspection and entry to service on the New Zealand register,” says Inglis. “This was the last serial number of the J32 series to be built and I believe it is a very good example of the 19-seat type. We look forward to seeing it landing at airports in the Originair livery soon.”

The announcement has been welcomed by Palmerston North Airport and Hamilton Airport.

“Both the Hamilton and Palmerston North airport companies are committed to supporting business and regional recovery, and the re-establishment of the HamiltonPalmerston North service will help facilitate that,” says Hamilton Airport CEO, Mark Morgan.

“We welcome Originair’s investment in additional services between Palmerston North and Nelson and the new Hamilton–Palmerston North connection at what is a difficult time for the aviation industry,” says Palmerston North Airport CEO, David Lanham.

Inglis says that he hopes the new services will be supported by business and leisure travellers.

“We are also considering direct Nelson–Hamilton services,” he says.

COVID-19 Update 24 August 2020

Following the Government’s announcement on 24 August 2020, from Monday 31 August 2020 the wearing of face masks on public transport becomes mandatory under alert Level Two.
If you are travelling on an Originair service while we are at alert Level Two you must wear a face mask for the duration of the flight from departure at the boarding gate until you are inside the terminal at your destination.
If you have a flight booked with Originair during alert Level Two, please ensure you have a face mask with you when you come to the airport.
All flights will continue to operate as scheduled. If you have any questions, please contact our call centre on 0800 380 380.

COVID 19 Update 13 August 2020

Following the Government’s announcement on 11 August 2020 we wish to advise passengers that our flights are continuing to operate in alert level two.

As this an ongoing situation we are closely following all updates from the Ministry of Health and will act accordingly.

If you require further information please email: info@originair.nz or phone our call centre on 0800 380 380.

Originair donates revenue from first week of Level 2 scheduled flights to support Salvation Army foodbanks

Originair has donated the total revenue received from its first week of resumed scheduled flights under COVID-19 Level 2 restrictions to the Salvation Army.

“The first week’s flights schedule included the busy Queen’s Birthday weekend which resulted in the revenue donated becoming a substantial figure,” says Originair CEO Robert Inglis. “We want to thank all of the passengers who flew with us during that week for helping us to make this contribution to our community.”

This donation has been made to the Salvation Army for distribution via its network in the three destinations in which Originair operates (Nelson, Wellington, and Palmerston North).

Inglis says that the government’s announcement of a return to Level 1 earlier this week was heartening news for the airline.

“The removal of physical distancing requirements means we’re able to offer more seats on each flight,” says Inglis, “which is a welcome return to more ‘business as usual’ operations. We have already noticed an upswing in bookings since the country moved to Level 1.”

Originair resumes its flight schedule today with strong Queen’s Birthday weekend bookings

Originair resumes its flight schedule on the Nelson–Palmerston North and Nelson–Wellington routes today with strong Queen’s Birthday weekend bookings.

“We are sorry we haven’t been able to help everyone wanting to travel over the busy Queen’s Birthday weekend as the seat numbers we can offer have had to be reduced to meet requirements for physical distancing,” says Originair CEO Robert Inglis.

“We have achieved this by only selling our window seats. This means that the number of seats available for sale is reduced to 67 percent of the aircraft’s seat capacity.”

There are still seats available on flights between 2-4 June if customers would like to contribute to Originair’s fundraising efforts for the Salvation Army. As announced earlier this month, Originair is donating passenger fare revenues generated from the first week of resumed flights to the Salvation Army, which will use the money to support its food banks in Nelson Tasman, Palmerston North, and Wellington.

Meanwhile Inglis is hopeful that the government may soon be able to announce physical distancing requirements no longer apply for air travel. “But that step can only come when the government decides that it is safe to do so.”

Inglis says that fares for the resumed flight schedule have not been increased, even though reduced seats are available for sale on each flight and costs associated with providing the service remain the same.

Inglis says that the company is very grateful to its passengers for their support and hopes that people’s confidence in resuming travelling will continue to grow.

“We look forward to seeing this growing confidence reflected in customers booking flights with Originair over the coming weeks and months,” says Inglis.

Originair’s flight schedule covers flights through until Spring, and bookings can be made here.

Originair announces resumption of flight schedule from 29 May 2020

Nelson Tasman-based airline Originair will resume its flight schedule on the Nelson–Palmerston North and Nelson–Wellington routes from 29 May 2020. An updated schedule is available at www.originair.co.nz and all flights are now available for purchase.

“The schedule is almost identical to what was on offer prior to lockdown,” says Originair CEO Robert Inglis. “We are offering four flights per day, on four days each week. We have ‘winterised’ the schedule slightly so that the last flights on each day arrive a little earlier as we know people like to get home earlier during the colder months.”

Inglis says that the company is very grateful to its passengers for their support and understanding throughout the lockdown and to those who used Originair for charter flights to transport essential services personnel and goods.

To acknowledge the communities in which the company operates and the difficulty many people are currently facing due to unemployment and food insecurity, Originair will donate passenger fare revenues generated from the first week of resumed flights commencing 29 May, to the Salvation Army, which will use the money to support its food banks in Nelson Tasman, Palmerston North and Wellington.

Major Ken Smith, Pastor and Corps Officer for the Salvation Army in Nelson says that the Originair donation will provide much-needed support at this time.

“We’re grateful for the many people and organisations like Originair who help us to help others in a time of need,” says Major Smith. “Salvation Army food banks have been running hot with high demand for the last few weeks so support such as this is greatly appreciated and will help immensely.”

“These are incredibly difficult times for many New Zealanders,” says Inglis. “Every business needs to do its bit in whatever way it can.”

Inglis says that the Originair team is looking forward to providing scheduled services again and to welcoming travellers onboard its aircraft from 29 May.


Update 12 May 2020

Originair is pleased to advise customers that following the government’s announcement yesterday allowing public transport services to recommence that our scheduled services between Nelson – Palmerston North and Nelson – Wellington will resume from Friday 29 May 2020.

Our schedule is principally unchanged with the only variations reflecting earlier evening departures during the winter months.  In the current challenging commercial environment, our schedule will remain under review and further flights can be added if required.

Initially we will selling only our window seats and leaving the aisle seats vacant to assist physical distancing.

We look forward to welcoming you on board again.


An important update

23 March 2020

1610 hr

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement today (23 March 2020) all Originair flights have been suspended until further notice effective from Tuesday 24 March 2020.

Customers who are booked on flights during this suspension period will be given the option of having the fare they have paid for either held in credit for a future flight or fully refunded.

Our customer service team will be in contact with affected customers in due course to make these arrangements.  At this point and time, we ask that you do not ring Originair on 0800 380 380.

Please understand this is a busy time for our team. Your patience is appreciated.

Thank you and please stay safe – the Originair team