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About Us

Originair has its roots in more than 30 years of professional passenger airline operation.

In 1979, Robert Inglis started Air Nelson which was bought by Air New Zealand. Robert and partner Nicki Smith went on to start Origin Pacific Airways in 1996. Origin Pacific’s keen pricing, convenient schedules, reliability and 100 per cent safety record made it a favourite airline for regional customers for ten years.

Robert and Nicki took the opportunity to develop their existing operation and Nelson Tasman-based airline Originair was established in 2014.

Originair is a dedicated, professional passenger operation, linking regional centres with a customer-driven schedule of direct services between Hamilton, Palmerston North, Wellington and Nelson.

Originair is New Zealand owned and operated, providing safe, comfortable, point-to-point travel nationally, including charter services on demand.

Originair prides itself on delivering excellent on-time performance, direct and personal customer service, and reliably mid-range pricing. Its experienced crew are compassionate and friendly, and strive to always provide flexibility and choice to Originair customers.


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