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Subject: Airlines of New Zealand, Kiwi Travel International Airlines, Palmerston North Airport, Palmerston North, TEAL
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IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 2015
Commenced operations 12th August 2015
Operating bases Nelson Airport
Hubs Nelson
Focus cities Palmerston North, Wellington
Frequent-flyer program TBC
Airport lounge N/A
Fleet size 2
Destinations 3
Headquarters Nelson, New Zealand
Key people
  • Robert Inglis, Mike Curry
Employees 25

Originair is an airline based in Nelson, New Zealand. It was founded in 2015 by local businessman Robert Inglis, who was the founder of Air Nelson and later Origin Pacific Airways; and Nelson businessman Mike Curry. Originair commenced operations on 12 August 2015, flying between Nelson and Palmerston North and 13 September, flying between Nelson and Wellington. The airline began its operations with two British Aerospace Jetstream 32 aircraft.They contract out ground and check-in services at Wellington to Aerocare.[2]


  • History 1
  • Destinations 2
  • Fleet 3
  • References 4


Robert Inglis started Air Nelson in 1979 with Nicki Smith. Air New Zealand purchased 50 per cent of the airline in 1988, and then the remainder in 1996 and still operates it today. Inglis and Smith then went on to start Origin Pacific Airways in 1996 as a feeder airline for Qantas. It went into liquidation in 2006 after Qantas' Jet Connect cancelled a contract that resulted in Origin losing 60 per cent of its business. [3]


In addition to their scheduled flights above, Originair are flying charters to Auckland and Christchurch.[4]


Initially, Originair is operating two British Aerospace Jetstream aircraft consisting of a 31 and 32 model which can seat 18 and 19 passengers respectively, which will be based at Nelson Airport.[5]


  1. ^ a b Not an ICAO allocation - issued for domestic use by the Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand to Air Freight NZ, the legal operator of Originair's aircraft
  2. ^ Basham, Laura. "New airline Originair set to go". The Nelson Mail. Retrieved 26 June 2015. 
  3. ^ "About Originair". Originair. Retrieved 26 June 2015. 
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  5. ^ Neal, Tracy (25 June 2015). "Origin founder rises again". Radio NZ. Retrieved 3 July 2015. 
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