First Originair flights between Nelson and Palmerston to take off today

Originair launch Robert and planeYesterday Originair Took its first flights between Nelson and Palmerston North, with celebrations planned at both airports. Since announcing its planned routes in June for both the Nelson – Palmerston North and Nelson – Wellington routes, Originair has refitted its 19-seat British Aerospace Jetstream to a high specification, airport check-in counters have been built, and a team of experienced crew and customer service employed.

Managing Director Robert Inglis says he is pleased the first day has finally arrived.

“This has been in the planning since the end of last year, so we are very pleased that today has arrived and passengers can now fly direct between Nelson and Palmerston North again,” Inglis says. “We have had great support from our partners and the regions’ communities to get us here today, and have a fantastic Originair team in place – we are ready to fly.

“Our partnerships with both the Nelson and Palmerston North airports are also very strong, and we want to thank them for welcoming us to their airports and arranging celebrations for our first flights today. We are looking forward to the day.”


  • Company: Origin Air Ltd (Originair) established 2015. Managing Director, Robert Inglis. General Manager, Mike Curry.
  • Fleet: two twin-turbo prop pressurized 19-seater Jetstreams by British Aerospace crewed by two pilots.
  • Flight operations: Freightways Limited Group, Air Freight NZ Ltd (Air Freight).
  • Fleet maintenance: Fieldair Engineering Ltd (Fieldair).
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