Air National seem to be having some serious woes lately with the NZCAA. The CAA has continued the current grounding of the airline, for another two weeks, while they continue to investigate multiple breaches of safety guidelines and aviation law.
The CAA is so concerned with the operations of Air National they have publicly labeled them NZs highest risk airline operator.
Air National – New Zealand’s largest charter airline and currently grounded for safety reasons – has been revealed as the country’s highest risk airline operator.
Air National operates a fleet of charter aircraft, the most notable being the Jetstream J32
s which regularly operate Air New Zealand Link services on charter to the national carrier, and subsidiary Eagle Air. They also operate a BAe 146
in 84 seat configuration.
Read the full details of the CAA concerns, including a list of some of the breaches, from NBR
writer Jock Anderson HERE
(the 2nd may require a paid subscription)
Thanks to fellow blogger Steve (3rd Level New Zealand
) for his link to the first article which introduced me to the depth of the problems with Air National, and as Steve points out, the comments on the 1st article are a story in themselves.