Air New Zealand (Auckland) has announced it will phase out its 19-seat Beechcraft 1900D fleet operated by Eagle Airways (Hamilton) under the Air New Zealand Link banner. ANZ is acquiring four additional ATR 72s to complete the phase out by August 2016.
Copyright Photo: Colin Hunter/AirlinersGallery.com. Eagle Airways’ Beechcraft 1900D ZK-EAL (msn UE-435) arrives at the Auckland hub.
Air New Zealand (Auckland) is currently dealing with 5,000 impacted passengers the past two days due to the grounding of subsidiary Mount Cook Airline’s (Christchurch) 11 ATR 72-500s. ANZ hopes to get most of the fleet in the air again by tomorrow (March 20). The fleet was grounded on Saturday (March 17) when an inspection discovered hairline cracks around a cockpit window on one of the ATRs.