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Name: FREEDOM AIR
7JetSet7 Code: SPT
Status: Currently Not Operational
Region: OCEANIA
City: AUCKLAND
Country: NEW ZEALAND
Employees 220
Web: freedomair.com
Email: contactus@freedomair.co.nz
Telephone: +64 9 523 8980
Fax: +64 9 523 8671
Sita: MHBAKNZ
Background
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Click below for data links:
SPT-2007-11-CLOSEDOWN
SPT-AUG05-A
SPT-JUN05-A
SPT-NEWSFEB04
SPT-OCT05-A
SPT-SEP05-A

ESTABLISHED AND STARTED OPERATIONS IN 1995. FORMERLY "SOUTH PACIFIC AIR CHARTERS," BUT TRADED AS "FREEDOM AIR INTERNATIONAL." INTERNATIONAL, SCHEDULED & CHARTER, PASSENGER & CARGO, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.

ADDRESS:
PO BOX 109698
LEVEL 7 NEWPARK TOWER
5 SHORT STREET, NEWMARKET
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND

NEW ZEALAND (DOMINION OF NEW ZEALAND) WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1907, IT COVERS AN AREA OF 270,986 SQ KM, ITS POPULATION IS 3.7 MILLION, ITS CAPITAL CITY IS WELLINGTON, AND ITS OFFICIAL LANGUAGE IS ENGLISH.

DECEMBER 1995: FREEDOM AIR (SPT) WAS FORMED IN 1995 BY AIR NEW ZEALAND (ANZ) THROUGH ITS SUBSIDIARY, MOUNT COOK AIRLINES, WHO OWN 100%.

1 757-200, BRITANNIA AIRWAYS (BRI) WET-LEASED, STARTED CHARTER FLIGHTS AUCKLAND (AKL) - SYDNEY (SYD) 2/WEEK, CHRISTCHURCH (CHC) - DUNEDIN (DUN) - HAMILTON (HAM) - WELLINGTON (WEL) - (SYD) (WEEKLY), (HAM) - BRISBANE (WEEKLY).

RIC MACGILLICUDDY, GENERAL MANAGER, EX-AIR NEW ZEALAND (ANZ) GENERAL MANAGER NORTH AMERICA & EUROPE.

APRIL 1996: 1 737-300, (TAC) WET-LEASED, FOR EXTENDED TWIN-ENGINE OPERATIONS (ETOPS) OVER TASMAN.

JANUARY 1997: WANTS EXTENDED TWIN-ENGINE OPERATIONS (ETOPS) "OUT-OF-THE-BOX."

ENGINEERING & HEAVY MAINTENANCE BY AIR NEW ZEALAND (ANZ) CHRISTCHURCH.

INITIAL OPERATIONS OUT OF HAMILTON.

1 737-3M8 (25016), EX-TEA BASEL (TEB), PEMBROKE CAPITAL (PEB) 5 YEAR LEASED.

MARCH 1997: RECEIVED 737-3M8 (25016), EX-TEA BASEL (TEB), 141 PASSENGERS (PAX).

APRIL 1997: RECEIVED ITS AIR OPERATIONS CERTIFICATE (AOC).

OCTOBER 1997: 1,339, 737, 90 MINUTES EXTENDED TWIN-ENGINE OPERATIONS (ETOPS) FLIGHTS OVER SOUTH PACIFIC & TASMAN SEA.

FEBRUARY 1998: 737 PLANNED MAINTENANCE, OUT OF SERVICE.

APRIL 1998: (http://www.freedom.co.nz). (perrod@airnz.co.nz).

JULY 1998: GEOFF OVERTON, QUALITY & TECHNICAL SERVICES MANAGER, REPLACES NORM TAYLOR, WHOSE CONTRACT EXPIRED.

FEBRUARY 1999: SHORT TERM LEASE OF 737-3Q8 (PH-TSX), FROM TRANSAVIA (TAV) FOR SERVICES FROM HAMILTON, PALMERSTON NORTH & DUNEDIN TO SYDNEY, BRISBANE, & THE GOLD COAST.

APRIL 1999: (http://www.freedomair.co.nz)

(contactus@freedomair.co.nz).

NOVEMBER 1999: 2ND 737-3U3, EX-PRO AIR (PRR) (28742), HELLER LEASED.

MARCH 2000: HAS INTERNET ADDRESS PAINTED ON FUSELAGE = 12% SEATS BEING SOLD ON-LINE.

PALMERSTON NORTH - NADI.

1 ORDER (APRIL 2000) 737-33R (28868), EX-VASP (VSP), ORIX LEASED, TO REPLACE 737-200 (28742), TO BE RETURNED TO AIR NEW ZEALAND (ANZ). 1 737-300, WET-LEASED TO ROYAL TONGAN (FRS) FOR 1 MONTH, WHILE THEIR 737-200 IS IN FOR MAINTENANCE.

APRIL 2000: 1 737-33R (28868, ZK-SJB), EX-VARIG (VAR), AIR NEW ZEALAND (ANZ) LEASED.

JULY 2000: 737-3U3 (28742), HELLER (HEF) LEASED, TRANSFERRED TO AIR NEW ZEALAND (ANZ).

APRIL 2001: IN MAY 2001, TO TEST HAMILTON - MAROOCHYDORE TO SEE IF THERE IS A MARKET (6 CHARTER FLIGHTS). PLANS TO INCREASE FLEET TO 4 737'S.

MAY 2001: 1 737-219C (22994, ZK-NQC), AIRWORK NZ (ANX) LEASED.

AUGUST 2001: 737-3U3 (28737) HELLER FINANCIAL (HEF) LEASED, FOR OPERATIONS FOR NEWLY FORMED, DISCOUNTED, DOMESTIC NEW ZEALAND DIVISION.

SEPTEMBER 2001: 1 737-3U3 (28738, /98 09 04 ZK-SJC), HELLER (HEF) LEASED.

OCTOBER 2001: IN NOVEMBER 2001 TO NEWCASTLE (3/WEEK), AND TO GOLD COAST (5/WEEK).

737-3K2 (280855, ZK-NGM) DELIVERY. 1 737-36Q (28660, ZK-SJD), DELIVERY.

JANUARY 2002: IN MARCH 2002, DUNEDIN - COOLANGATTA.

APRIL 2002: MAIN BASE: AUCKLAND INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (AKL).

OWNER: AIR NEW ZEALAND (ANZ) (100%).

MAY 2002: IN OCTOBER 2002, WILL EXPAND THE TRANS-TASMAN OPERATIONS TO QUEENSLAND FROM AUCKLAND, WELLINGTON, AND CHRISTCHURCH. WILL INCREASE PRESENT FLEET OF 4 TO 5 737'S.

September 2002: To Newcastle, Australia.

February 2003: Virgin Blue (VOZ) indicated interest in acquiring Air New Zealand (ANZ), low-cost subsidiary, Freedom Air (SPT) and taking control of its trans-Tasman operations if they become available.

October 2003: Will take delivery of 4 of the 15 A320's ordered for Air New Zealand (ANZ) to be delivered between November 2004 and May 2005.

December 2003: In April 2004, Hamilton - Nadi.

March 2004: 1 order (September 2004) 737-33A (28873, ZK-NGA). Will lift capacity by +25%.

May 2004: Christchurch - Nadi (weekly). Palmerston North - Nadi (weekly).

July 2004: Will eventually replace its 737 fleet with A320's from Air New Zealand (ANZ). Meanwhile will add another 737 in December 2004 and 3 to 5 airplanes in 2005.

August 2004: 220 employees.

October 2004: Stephen Jones, General Manager, replaces Wayne Dodge.

May 2005: A320-232 (2445, ZK-OJK), delivery.

June 2005: 737-3U3 (28738, ZJ-SJC) returned to Air New Zealand (ANZ).

July 2005: A320-232 (2500, ZK-OJL), Air New Zealand leased.

September 2005: 737-3K2 (27635, ZK-SJE), returned to Air New Zealand (ANZ). A320-232 (2533, ZK-OJM), (ANZ) leased.

November 2005: 737-33R (28868, ZK-SJB), returned to Air New Zealand (ANZ).

January 2006: A320-232 (2663, ZK-OJO), delivery. A320-232 (2553, ZK-OJM), returned to Air New Zealand (ANZ).

April 2006: The on-again-off-again relationship between Air New Zealand (ANZ) and Qantas (QAN) is back on, with the carriers announcing a comprehensive code share agreement for their routes across the Tasman Sea. Both airlines will file shortly seeking authorization from the New Zealand Minister of Transport and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. Regulatory approval is expected to take approximately six months. The agreement replaces the more ambitious equity tie-up that ran foul of competition regulators in both countries in 2003. Since then, Emirates Airlines (EAD) has entered the market, along with Low-Cost Carrier (LCC) Pacific Blue (PBI) and Qantas (QAN) (LCC) subsidiary, Jetstar (IMU). Both (IMU) and (ANZ) low-fare offshoot Freedom Air (SPT) are taking a larger slice of the market, leaving the premium parent carriers seeking ways to consolidate. "This commercial agreement enables us to maintain network presence while realigning some of the current surplus capacity on the Tasman," (QAN) CEO, Geoff Dixon said. "We plan to develop a combined schedule that allows us both to better utilize airplanes and save costs." (ANZ) currently operates 134 trans-Tasman flights per week while (QAN) has 84. There are eight airlines vying for the 5.4 million passengers flying across the Tasman and market load factor declined from 75% LF to 70% LF between 2003 and 2005. At the same time, capacity grew +39% (ASK), but passenger growth lagged at -31%. Under terms of the code share, (QAN) will cease to be a holder of Redeemable Convertible Notes in (ANZ). (QAN) owns NZ$98 million/$59.7 million of the notes, accounting for 4.2% of (ANZ)'s share register if converted to ordinary shares. The holding was approved by the New Zealand government as the first step in the equity alliance proposed in 2003. (ANZ) will convert the note to debt and repay (QAN) over four years as part of the negotiated transaction.

September 2006: Freedom Air (SPT) operates scheduled passenger services from New Zealand to Australia and to Fiji. Also charter services within New Zealand.

(IATA) Code: SJ. (ICAO) Code: FOM - FREE AIR.

Parent organization/shareholders: Air New Zealand (ANZ) (100%).

Main Base: Auckland International airport (AKL).

Domestic, Scheduled Destinations: Auckland; Christchurch; Dunedin; Hamilton; Palmerston North; & Wellington.

International, Scheduled Destinations: Brisbane; Coolangatta; Melbourne; Nadi; & Sydney.

September 2007: Air New Zealand (ANZ) said it will shut down its Freedom Air (SPT) low-cost unit next March 30, replacing many of its services with (ANZ) mainline flights, which the company said have similar fares to (SPT) flights, but offer better service.
General Manager Short Haul Airlines, Norm Thompson, who soon will move to the newly created post of (ANZ) Deputy CEO, said a review of short-haul (SPT) services across the Tasman Sea to Australia revealed that passengers' "overwhelming preference was for us to focus on upgrading and enhancing our services." (SPT) has been operating for more than >10 years. "The reality is that the price of airfares has fallen dramatically over the past 10 years and today there is little difference between (SPT) and (ANZ) fares," Thompson said, noting that customers booking (ANZ) flights across the Tasman will get "a more consistent and higher quality of service" than aboard (SPT) flights. He said the switch means (ANZ) will add nine new city-pairs, including one new Australian destination (Coolangatta) and two New Zealand destinations (Dunedin and Hamilton) to its network. "The switch from (SPT) to (ANZ) will have a number of advantages for many passengers, including the ability for them to earn (ANZ) Airpoints, enjoy seamless booking services and all the other great benefits that arise from (ANZ)'s full-service network," he said.

No redundancies are anticipated, as affected staff will be offered jobs within the (ANZ) Group, Thompson added. (SPT) operates A320-200s.

Fleet:
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SPT-2
SPT-737-3K2
SPT-737-3M8
SPT-737-3Q8
SPT-A320
SPT-A320-232

September 2007:

1 737-219C (JT8D) (928-22994, ZK-NQC), LST (ANX) 2001-10.

0 737-3K2 (CFM56-3C1) (2722-28085, /95 ZK-NGM; 2721-27635, ZK-SJE, 2001-10), EX-(TAV), (ILF) LSD 2001-10. 28085 RTND (ANZ). 27635 RTND (ANZ) 2005-09. 142Y.

0 737-3M8 (CFM56-3B2) (2004-25016, /91 ZK-FDM), (PEB) 5 YR LSD, RTND, LST SAMA (SMA) 2006-03. 142Y.

0 737-3Q8 (CFM56-3) (26282, 5W-ILF), EX-(PLY), (AWW) LSD TIL 2001-10, WET-LST (SOI) 2001-07, RTND (PLY).

0 737-3U3 (CFM56-3C1) (2992-28742, ZK-FRE), EX-(PRR) 1999-11, (HEF) LSD, TO (ANZ) 2000-07. 142Y.

0 737-3U3 (CFM56-3C1) (2988-28738, /98 ZK-SJC), EX-(FRO), (HEF) LSD 2001-09. RTND (ANZ) 2005-06. 142Y.

0 737-33R (CFM56-3C1) (2975-28873, ZK-NGA, 2004-09), TRF FROM (ANZ). RTND. 142Y.

0 737-33R (CFM56-3C1) (2881-28868, /97 ZK-SJB), EX-(VSP), (OXA) LSD. RTND (ANZ) 2005-11. 142Y.

0 737-36Q (CFM56-3) (2883-28660, ZK-SJD), 2001-10. RTT (BOU), LST (GFL).

4 +1 ORDER A320-232 (2403, NTU; 2445, /05 ZK-OJJ; 2496, ZK-OJK, 2005-06; 2500, /05 ZK-OJL, 2005-07; 2533, ZK-OJM, 2005-09; 2594, /05 ZK-OJN; 2663, /06 ZK-OJO), (ANZ) WET-LSD. 2496; 2533 RTND 2006-01. 8C, 142Y.

Management:
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STEPHEN JONES, GENERAL MANAGER (2004-10).

CAPTAIN MICHAEL YOUNG, MANAGER FLIGHT OPERATIONS,
(michael.young@freedomair.co.nz).

CAPTAIN DAVID GILES, LINE OPERATIONS MANAGER.

GEOFF OVERTON, ENGINEERING & QUALITY ASSURANCE MANAGER (EX-ANZ) (1998-07), (geoff.overton@freedomair.co.nz) (MHBAKLNZ).

 
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