Kiwi Travel International Airlines


Kiwi Travel International Airlines was a discount airline from New Zealand. It flew both scheduled (planned) and charters (irregular/unplanned) flights from New Zealand to Australia, Samoa and Tonga.[2] The airline borrowed airplanes from many different companies.[3]At different times, it flew Boeing 727, Boeing 737, Boeing 757 and Airbus A320 airplanes.[4] The airline was among one of the first low-cost carriers. In December 1995, Air New Zealand started Freedom Air. It was another discount airline intended to compete with Kiwi. In September 1996, Kiwi Travel stopped flying due to the intense competition from Freedom Air.[5] Ewan Wilson, the former CEO of Kiwi Travel International, is involved with starting a new airline, Kiwi Regional Airlines.[6][7]

Kiwi Travel International Airlines
A Boeing 737 of Kiwi Travel
IATA ICAO Callsign
Commenced operations1995 [1]
Ceased operations1996
HubsHamilton International Airport
Fleet size3
HeadquartersHamilton, New Zealand
Key peopleEwan Wilson


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  6. Pattrick Smellie (15 December 2015). "Failed airline entrepreneur Ewan Wilson targets regional routes". National Business Review. Archived from the original on 28 September 2015. Retrieved 16 January 2016.
  7. Libby Wilson (1 March 2015). "Kiwi Regional Airline 'totally different' to failed Kiwi Air". Stuff/Fairfax New Zealand Limited. Retrieved 16 January 2016.