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Private Jet Charters Take Off in Queenstown

Queenstown’s first permanent private jet operation has recently launched in the resort offering a new level of charter service to the region.

Jet Charters New Zealand is owned by the Skyline Healthcare Group, the largest fixed wing air ambulance operator in New Zealand.  They have established a new company base in Queenstown to operate their Cessna C510 Mustang Jet (ZK-VXM) from.

CEO Annabel Toogood says the establishment of a local base has been driven by demand. The aircraft has previously been operating out of Napier Airport since its purchase in 2017.

“The jet service is a great asset for the region and our decision to relocate the aircraft has been driven by demand in the region along with the growth in tourism.  Business travel is strong and travelling at your own schedule away from crowds is appealing to many people.”

The Cessna C510 Mustang jet (ZK-VXM), which has the dual capability as a charter aircraft and a fully certified air ambulance ,is the first domestic lightweight jet available permanently for use in and out of Queenstown Airport. 

With the ability to land in places as close as Wānaka, Alexandra and Nelson or as far away as Kerikeri, Annabel says the charter jet allows customers flexibility and direct access.

“With luxury lodges like Matakauri, The Farm at Cape Kidnappers, Annandale and Kauri Cliffs anywhere from just a 40-minute to a one hour 45-minute journey from Queenstown. We have discreet access to airports through private lounges so the service is an ideal option for business clientele day trips requiring a quick turnaround.”

She says the new charter service offers a competitive solution for travellers and is an exciting alternative for both residents and visitors to Queenstown.

“Overseas markets are picking up with travellers wanting to maximise time in our country and private jet travel allows them to do this from playing golf in the far north to have dinner in the deep south all within a day. “

“The aircraft is also available for private air ambulance hire, relocating family members from rest homes, and for those unable to cope with commercial travel. Our flight teams are trained to take care of low acuity to intensive care patients in the air.”