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New Aircraft Purchase for Northland Airline

26 September 2008

Media Release

New Aircraft Purchase for Northland Airline

Salt Air ( today announced the purchase of a new aircraft from Gippsland Aeronautics that will arrive in New Zealand in early October 2008.

“The GA8 Airvan is an ideal aircraft for tourists to New Zealand who want to explore Cape Reinga and the Far North by air” says CEO Grant Harnish.

“After an extensive search, we decided that the 8 seater GA8 Airvan with its large windows, significant leg room and extreme versatility was an ideal complement to our fleet of fixed wing aircraft and helicopters. “says Harnish

Having successfully launched scheduled air services from Aucklands North Shore airport with flights to Whangarei and Kerikeri in May this year, the GA8 Airvan will expand Salt Airs capacity on the very popular ½ Day Cape Reinga Fly Drive Tour.

The new GA8 Airvan is made by Gippsland Aeronautics ( in Melbourne. They have already sold seven of these aircraft to South Island tourist operators.

Salt Air is the first operator in the North Island to purchase the GA8 Airvan. On arrival in New Zealand the aircraft will be fitted with Garmin Avionics, a cargo pod and a full leather interior and 8 place passenger intercom for scenic flight commentary.

Established in 1992 Salt Air operates scenic flights in the Bay of Islands and across Northland. In May the airline launched scheduled services between Auckland’s North Shore and Whangarei/ Kerikeri. For more information call Grant Harnish 0800 472 582


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