A Little History About Sunair
Sunair Aviation Ltd is privately owned by Dan & Bev Power and has enjoyed a safe operating history spanning 29 years, something we are all very proud of.
Initially starting as a commuter operator to Motiti Island in the Bay of Plenty with one aircraft, we now operate a fleet of nine twin engine aeroplanes, in New Zealand.
Sunair is a fully licensed Regional Air Transport Operator between 9 provincial Cities. These aircraft operate on scheduled services and charters. As is the case with all airlines including the likes of Air New Zealand Ltd, we are fully audited every year, by the New Zealand Civil Aviation Authority, on matters of safety and maintenance.
In addition the company has its own quality assurance system with a dedicated quality auditor providing formal internal audits and spot checks.
A highly qualified chief pilot fills the executive role of Flight Operations Manager, and monitors the day to day operation to ensure high standards are complied with at all times.
Pilots are only accepted for passenger flights if they first meet stringent requirements, and then undertake further extensive in-house training and pass examinations to a high level.
We have our own maintenance workshop at Tauranga. A licensed aircraft maintenance engineer with 35 years engineering experience fills the role of Maintenance Controller to exacting standards set and monitored by the CAA. We are fortunate this person is also an authorised airworthiness inspector who ensures a formal maintenance programme is adhered to, including set interval checks on every aircraft.
The work of these two senior managers is then subject to the Q.A Manager’s monitoring and management review.
Sunair is based at Tauranga but with further crew bases at Gisborne, Hamilton, & Whitianga, providing a route structure encompassing:
Hamilton – Tauranga – Rotorua – Whakatane – Gisborne – Whitianga – Great Barrier & Ardmore Airport and North Shore
With these services throughout most of the North Island, we provide valuable travel links between provincial centres without needing to go via Auckland or Wellington. This offers same day travel on business or medical matters, without needing costly overnight accommodation.
We operate about 4000 departures a year and to date have accumulated approximately 60,000 flying hours, with a total staff of 17.
We are proud to have over 1200 regular customers and agents using our services. Many of our travellers are from Government Departments and Hospitals, as well as business clients and most are repeat customers.
Charters is a preferred option for many corporate clients, and Government Departments, which offer a cost effective option for small groups making the ultimate in time efficiency as a very effective method of travel giving flexibility in departure times, and being able to meet special needs.
Sunair also operate a separate ground support department at Tauranga Airport, providing fuel management to Air New Zealand using Tauranga Airport.
Reservations can be easily placed by simply using these options:
Free phone 0800 sunair (0800 786 247)
Our Reservations staff will be more than happy to help with any enquires.
We look forward to seeing you on “The Big Little Airline”.