When an innovative New Zealand company develops a cutting-edge aerial camera system a stone’s throw from an airport where a helicopter operator services A-list movie productions, it offers a fortuitous match. Add to that jaw-dropping scenery of mountains, lakes, valleys, waterfalls, forests and fiords, of epic movie proportions on their doorstep, and that’s a trifecta.
Jetstar group chief executive Gareth Evans says the Qantas-owned low-cost carrier (LCC) lost about $20 million on its regional New Zealand turboprop services in the past year, leaving the airline group little option but to call time on the four-year operation.
Jetstar says it plans to end regional turboprop services in New Zealand at the end of November due to ongoing losses and weak market conditions.
Airbus has delivered its first two H145 helicopters for the New Zealand market configured for emergency medical services.
To mark the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, Denise McNabb writes about listening to that historic moment in a New Zealand school classroom .