Welly winter wings

Aside from my extensive remastering work this year (over 500 photos remastered up to this point!) I have only made a handful of visits to Wellington International Airport since the last post on the subject, and all of those within the last 5 weeks. To be precise, 4 visits in 5 weeks.

Herewith, a sampling of my published shots, starting with Air New Zealand’s Airbus A321neo, ZK-NNG, blasting down a soggy runway during my first visit.


Next visit I decided to try some angles I don’t usually shoot from. First, from the top of the car park building, we can see Air New Zealand Airbus A320s, ZK-OAB and ZK-OXH, apparently parked at the International Terminal. In fact, these are doing domestic runs but for reasons they are using the international gates so the regional fleet can use the jet gates.


However, the regional gates are… still busy? An Air New Zealand fleet of ATR-72-600, ZK-MVO, and Bombardier DHC8-300s, ZK-NEF and ZK-NEZ, along with Sounds Air Cessna Caravan, ZK-SAY.


Air New Zealand ATR-72-600, ZK-MVB, departs with the control tower in the background.


My next visit netted me a couple of RNZAF types. Lockheed C-130H Hercules. NZ7001…


…and Beechcraft B350 Super King Air, NZ2353.


On the final visit, I caught a few rarer types, at least for me. Starting with this privately owned Cessna 206 Stationair, ZK-DWX, which carried out a very high and tight approach to RWY16.


I believe Kawasaki/MBB BK-117 ZK-IPT, belonging to the Palmerston North rescue helicopter service, is filling in for the local machine which reportedly suffered an engine fault earlier in the week.


I’ve seen Evander Aviation’s Cessna 208 Caravan, ZK-EAV, on FlightRadar24 numerous times but this is the first time I’ve seen it first hand.


And finally, one I have seen before but not in a long time is OriginAir’s Bae Jetstream J31. ZK-JSH.


You can see all of the photos from all four visits over on Flickr.


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