Kiwijet has delayed its start-up date but is still talking of
flying into Dunedin and Invercargill.
In a statement, Kiwijet said it was still committed to
launching operations in New Zealand, and using four British
Aerospace RJ-100's (ARJ) to fly to seven regional centres.
The company wants to add another eight centres after one year
Last year, Kiwijet said it wanted to be flying around New
Zealand by the end of 2008, but said this week the launch had
now been delayed until next February.
The company said it was in negotiations with a fully
scheduled international carrier. Kiwijet needed a partner
airline to provide feeder traffic to and from the domestic
trunk, and transtasman sectors.
The company would not say who it was negotiating with, saying
the other party requested confidentiality.
Kiwijet chief executive Patrick Weil visited New Zealand last
month and inspected prospective premises at Christchurch
International Airport. He is trying to secure US$35 million
($44 million) in funding over the coming weeks to fund the
The company had previously said it intended to employ about
200 staff when it launched.
There would be two fare structures - peak, Monday to Friday
from 8am to 6pm, and off peak, at all other times. They had
quoted various fares, but had not yet brought out a complete
schedule. The planes would carry about 90 passengers.
Dunedin International Airport Ltd chief executive John McCall
said he had met Mr Weil but the company had not yet reached
the stage when it was negotiating over facilities and landing
fees at Dunedin airport
He was unsure whether Kiwijet would ever fly but said Mr Weil
seemed to be confident the airline would get off the ground.
Mr McCall said, in the long term the airline industry had a
positive future with the only draw back being the lack of