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Who we are

Kiwi Regional Airlines's mission is to bring affordable, reliable and regular services to regional New Zealand. Services that have either never been in place or are not now serviced by the national carrier.

For years, hundreds of thousands of Kiwis have been disadvantaged by the fact that many parts of the country are poorly serviced by air, forcing many to drive to a larger centre to catch flights and often to pay high fares for the privilege.

When Kiwi Regional Airlines announces its routes later this year this will clearly illustrate that it intends to serve centres that haven't been serviced by direct flights before or have long been discontinued.

We are a niche operation offering twin-engine, two-pilot transportation which will require us to complete a robust regulatory process. Our approach is to purchase rather than lease our aircraft because we want to control our destiny. As a result, Kiwi Regional Airlines is a substantial, well-capitalised, well-backed organisation, here for the long term. We have significant reserves and will avoid direct competition with Air New Zealand. We are focused on developing routes where we can deliver a fantastic service without confrontation.

We are focused on corporate passengers whose motivation is to get to and from their regional centre to a major centre at prime time, but we place equal emphasis on the domestic leisure traveller and the growing tourism sector. In a country of our size you can't ignore one segment of travellers and we intend to embrace all three within our route network. We are also very focused on freight and on empowering regional economies access to major centres and international markets.

Our pricing strategy is that of a low fare operation which is all about delivering value for money. There will be a range of pricing. Those paying the higher fares will have more flexibility, baggage included and complimentary tea and coffee. Those paying lead in fares will find the most affordable fares out of regional centres available in this country.

Kiwi Regional Airlines hasn't rushed its entry into New Zealand's skies. We announced our intentions late last year (2014) but we have deliberately avoided immediately commencing a service just because there was a vacancy, following Air New Zealand's cutbacks. We have spent time and resources researching and talking with people in regional centres about what they wanted.

When the routes are announced, it will be obvious that considerable thought has gone into them and they reflect not only the growth of today but projected growth and demand for the future.

Our name, Kiwi Regional Airlines, partly reflects the legacy of Chief Executive Ewan Wilson's trailblazing airline Kiwi Air which burst on to the scene 20 years ago and changed the way Kiwis thought about aviation. But the name also emphasises our determination to whole heartedly embrace local providers and services and generate New Zealand jobs.

Having Ewan Wilson as Chief Executive is a bold move, he has his detractors but, we believe, far more who would fondly remember him as an aviation expert and an innovator. A man who changed the face of air travel in New Zealand and showed that it didn't have to be prohibitively expensive. An entrpreneur who revolutionalised trans-Tasman travel from regional centres and who introduced the whole premise of user pays travel, which ironically Air New Zealand now embraces.

We say to all New Zealanders: this is your chance to travel with the underdog and to travel with the innovator who hasn't enjoyed the taxpayer subsidies of the past and the protections that have gone with being the national carrier. We ask you to embrace Kiwi's innovation.
Kiwi Regional Airlines' route map will be released later this year and services will begin early in 2016. We look forward to the honour of flying you and your family.

The Team

Ewan WilsonPeter AshfordBill WilsonDale Webb

Ewan WilsonEwan Wilson, Chief Executive of Kiwi Regional Airlines, has spent most of his life involved in travel and particularly aviation. He launched the revolutionary Kiwi Air in 1994 and his extensive consultancy work includes spells for Origin Pacific and Ozjet Airlines which led to the creation of Norfolk Air which he ran for two years. In 2004, he launched Operation Phoenix to supply humanitarian aid to tsunami-torn Sri Lanka for which he received a New Zealand Special Services medal. He has studied Airline Marketing at Cranfield University and has Air Accident Investigation qualifications from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau. Ewan trained as a commercial pilot but now only flys for fun. Ewan has been a Hamilton City Councillor for 12 years and a member of the Waikato District Health Board for the same period during which he has helped oversee the largest campus expansion in the Southern Hemisphere.

Peter AshfordPeter Ashford, Kiwi Regional Airline’s Quality Assurance and Safety Management Systems Manager, has and extensive history in safety management systems, quality assurance, risk management, civil aviation regulations, airworthiness auditing and quality assurance auditing along with investigation skills (NZ Police College) and accident investigation skills (Massey University). His formal qualifications include Lead Auditor – RABQSA, Certified Instructor IATA and Register of Experts ICAO.
As a Senior Consultant and Auditor for the AvLaw Pacific Operations Office, Peter is a highly experienced engineer on both fixed wing and rotary aircraft. He has been involved with aviation in various capacities for over 30 years. He served in the Royal Air Force as an Instrument/Electrical fitter, and has worked as a Quality Assurance Manager for two airlines, one in Kiribati and one in Perth (Western Australia). He was the Maintenance Planning and Technical Services Manager for an airline in Fiji. Peter has worked in Australia, Samoa, Tonga, Rarotonga and Papua New Guinea. He has extensive experience in maintenance planning and technical support.
Since 1998 he worked with the New Zealand Civil Aviation Authority, initially as a Safety Auditor auditing operations in New Zealand, Australia and the South Pacific, but for six years was an Airworthiness Inspector in the General Aviation Group. He has also been involved with many aspects of Quality Assurance (ISO) in aviation and in various areas outside of aviation and is a certified Lead Auditor with RABQSA International.
At present Peter has his own consulting business, providing training and advice in Aviation Quality Assurance, Auditing, (both Aviation and ISO), Safety Management Systems, Risk Management, Airworthiness and Civil Aviation Rules and Regulations. He is also experienced in editing, proof reading and indexing technical regulatory manuals and documentation. He has written courses on basic Quality Auditing and written a book on Auditing for Beginners. He is a Certified Instructor with IATA carrying out training and presentation work since January 2010 and is also on the list of Technical experts with ICAO. He presented Safety Management for Airlines course to South Pacific Airlines (ASPA) in Fiji April 2010. Presented Management of Aviation Quality and Service at the IATA Training and Development Institute Singapore October 2010 and October 2012. SMS for Civil Aviation presented in Singapore December 2014. He presented two papers on Hazard Register construction and Human Factors in Maintenance at a Seminar in Lusaka Zambia in June 2013. He recently presented a paper on human factors in aviation to a seminar in Shanghai China.

Bill WilsonBill Wilson, of Wellington, has been appointed to the position of General Manager Airline Operations, and starts as of the 26th of May. He joins Chief Executive Ewan Wilson (no relation), and Peter Ashford (Quality Assurance and Safety Management Systems Manager) in the executive.
Bill Wilson has extensive airline experience in New Zealand, including time flying the SAAB 340 aircraft with Air Nelson that KIWI will be purchasing, as well as flying Boeings for Freedom Air and seven years with the NZ Civil Aviation Authority as an Airline Inspector, and Rules Project Specialist.
His most recent position has been with the Airways Corporation of New Zealand as Aeronautical Information Technical Editor and Navigation Procedure Designer, a position he has resigned from to take up the job with KIWI.
Chief Executive Ewan Wilson said, "I am really delighted to have Bill join the team. He has some very valuable experience in all the areas we need, and we can approach our certification and establishment processes with a high degree of confidence, having him on board. It is not often you find somebody with both the management and flight experience that Bill has."

Dale WebbDale Webb – Manager Flight Operations
Experienced pilot and flight operations executive Dale Webb has joined KIWI Regional Airlines in the position of Manager, Flight Operations. As well as over 10,000 hours flying experience, Dale has held the key jobs of Flight Operations Manager and Acting General Manager for the Air NZ subsidiary, Mt Cook Airlines; Manager Operations and Deputy CEO for Qantas NZ’s Tasman Pacific Regional Airlines, Manager Airline Operations for Origin Pacific Airways and Line Manager for Air Nelson, also an Air NZ subsidiary, flying the same SAAB 340 aircraft KIWI will be using. Dale began his air sector management experience with the RNZAF as Head of Safety and as a Flying Unit Commander, and has also worked as an aviation consultant in Australia and New Zealand, as Head of Training for the SAAB 340, and more recently as CEO of Aspeq, the aviation industry’s specialist assessment company. Dale lives in Marlborough, where he has run a vineyard though is now more involved in forestry and heritage. He is a trustee of the Marlborough Heritage Trust, and President of the Marlborough Historical Society.

The Shareholders

Ewan Wilson, Chief Executive of Kiwi Regional Airlines, has spent most of his life involved in travel and particularly aviation. He launched the revolutionary Kiwi Air in 1994 and his extensive consultancy work includes spells for Origin Pacific and Ozjet Airlines which led to the creation of Norfolk Air which he ran for two years. In 2004, he launched Operation Phoenix to supply humanitarian aid to tsunami-torn Sri Lanka for which he received a New Zealand Special Services medal. He has studied Airline Marketing at Cranfield University and has Air Accident Investigation qualificatons from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau. Ewan trained as a commercial pilot but now only flys for fun. Ewan has been a Hamilton City Councillor for 12 years and a member of the Waikato District Health Board for the same period during which he has helped oversee the largest campus expansion in the Southern Hemisphere.

Nicole Domett is the CEO of New Zealand School of Tourism (formally Sir George Seymour College, and Travel Careers & Training). NZST are the largest tertiary provider in New Zealand specialising in airline, travel and tourism training. Nicole started the company at the age of 23 with just one campus in Wellington and today there are nine campuses located throughout New Zealand and over 110 employees. Under her leadership the company has won numerous New Zealand tourism awards and Nicole has been a previous New Zealand tourism judge. In 2006 Nicole went to America to buy an aircraft door and instead purchased a whole 737 aircraft which they shipped back from Canada to use for the training of flight attendants. In April 2015 the company was purchased by the highly successful Academic Colleges Group (ACG) and she is continuing as CEO of NZST while providing leadership to Kiwi Regional Airlines in the area of Inflight Services.

Mr and Mrs Andrew and Anne King of Hamilton. Andrew is a successful entrepreneur - his portfolio of investments include Kings Finance and Kings Cars in Hamilton. Mr King will not be a KRA director, or part of the management team at Kiwi Regional Airlines. However we are delighted to have him as a shareholder.

Bill Wilson, of Wellington, is General Manager Airline Operations. He joins Chief Executive Ewan Wilson (no relation), and Peter Ashford (Quality Assurance and Safety Management Systems Manager) in the executive.
Bill Wilson has extensive airline experience in New Zealand, including time flying the SAAB 340 aircraft with Air Nelson that KIWI will be purchasing, as well as flying Boeings for Freedom Air and seven years with the NZ Civil Aviation Authority as an Airline Inspector, and Rules Project Specialist.
His most recent position has been with the Airways Corporation of New Zealand as Aeronautical Information Technical Editor and Navigation Procedure Designer, a position he has resigned from to take up the job with KIWI.


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