INFLITE, one of New Zealand’s leading aviation charter and tourism companies has expanded its charter offering with the addition of 9 new aircraft.

These include 2 x Metroliners (19 seat), 3 x SAAB (34 seat), an ATR72 (68 seat), and 3 x Convair (multirole passenger and freight) aircraft.

INFLITE boasts an industry leading reputation for excellence in charter services including the provision of private jet, turbo prob and helicopter charter, VIP transfer services, exclusive scenic flight packages, customised events, commercial air lifting and specialist freight.

Metroliner – comfortably seats 19 passengers and can also be operated as a freighter. This twin engine aircraft has a range of 540 nautical miles (1,000 km) which makes this aircraft the perfect solution for domes­tic charter flights throughout New Zealand. It also offers outstanding performance, high operating speeds and a pressurised cabin.

SAAB – the Saab 340 is widely used by commuter airlines around the world, and is an excellent fit for the New Zealand conditions, whilst exceeding the expecta­tions of the travelling public. The aircraft boasts a comfortable and spacious cabin for up to 34 pas­sengers.

ATR72 – The ATR is a short-haul regional airliner designed and built by an Italian-French manufacturer. The world’s most popular regional airline turbo-prop, this aircraft can hold 68 passengers.

Convair – this multi-engine tur­bo-prop aircraft is extremely versatile and is available in both passenger and freight configurations.

 

This exciting development complements INFLITE’s existing operations and support its brands including INFLITE Experiences, Nelson Tasman Air, Skydive Abel Tasman, Skydive Franz Josef, Mount Cook Ski Planes and Helicopters and Skydive Mt Cook.

This expansion has come through INFLITE’s appointment as the exclusive GSA (General Sales Agent) for the Air Chathams fleet.

“Premium service delivery is core to our business as is the reliability and experience in corporate charters that Air Chathams brings to the sector.  The fact Air Chathams operations span the length and breadth of the country is a great fit for us.  We are excited to expand our charter offering for the benefit of our customers, INFLITE and Air Chathams” says Paul Aston, Charter Manager at INFLITE.

Duane Emeny, General Manager of Air Chathams agrees. “We look forward to further growing our charter capacity in conjunction with INFLITE, especially knowing their reputation and dedication to a high level of customer service.  It’s great to take up the opportunity to work together as both companies have extensive experience throughout New Zealand and are flexible enough to meet the demands of the sector in terms of location, size and aircraft capability”.

INFLITE, one of New Zealand’s leading aviation tourism companies, has greatly expanded its skydive operations today announcing the acquisition of Skydive Abel Tasman and in September, the opening of Skydive Mt Cook. Nelson Tasman Air also joins INFLITE, adding to its scenic flight experiences throughout New Zealand.

The new businesses complement existing operations Skydive Franz Josef, Mount Cook Ski Planes and Helicopters, INFLITE Taupo, INFLITE Auckland and INFLITE Charters.

Skydive Abel Tasman has been operated by founder Stuart Bean for almost 30 years.  A life-long skydiver who did his first jump at age 19, Bean’s now regarded as amongst the best in the business with more than 17,000 skydives to his name and is also a commercial pilot with over 3000 hours. Bean will remain involved with the business.

Says Bean, “I am delighted to have the business transfer to a company with the same culture and values I share with the team in Abel Tasman. My staff are looking forward to the opportunities that a nationwide operator can bring and have really supported me through the process. I believe the company is in good hands with a bright future ahead.”

The acquisition of Skydive Abel Tasman adds a dedicated and experienced team of skydive staff to the existing INFLITE team, along with an additional Pilatus PC-6 Porter to its fleet.

Nelson Tasman Air offer stunning scenic flights in both helicopters and fixed wing aircraft flying into the Abel Tasman National Park. This business complements Skydive Abel Tasman, located side-by-side at Motueka Airport.

Skydive Mt Cook will open in September 2019 in a brand-new purpose-built facility at Pukaki Airport. INFLITE has operated Mount Cook Ski Planes and Helicopters since 2015.

INFLITE CEO Adam Joyce says, “INFLITE is embarking on an exciting period of growth.  These are significant developments for us and have been in the works for some time. This greatly expands our product offering in New Zealand and cements our commitment to delivering incredible visitor experiences. We’re thrilled to welcome the teams at Skydive Abel Tasman and Nelson Tasman Air into the company.”

Skydive Abel Tasman is a unique and unforgettable freefall experience, offering incredible views of both the North and South Islands.  At Skydive Mt Cook, visitors will be able to choose from 9,000ft, 13,000ft or 16,500ft jumps with views of Aoraki/Mt Cook, Lake Pukaki, Lake Tekapo, both the East and West Coasts and Te Wāhipounamu – South West New Zealand World Heritage Area.

Say’s Joyce, “By combining and sharing expertise and knowledge across all our locations, will enable us to improve the quality and increase capacity of all of our experiences. Having multiple successful businesses under the umbrella of INFLITE offers our customers variety and choice, with a consistent customer experience”.