Turbo-prop plane claim ‘misleading’ [ODT, 27/09/19]

Air New Zealand’s former deputy chief executive says a report from the Wanaka Stakeholders Group stating ATR turbo-prop aircraft can fly direct from the town to Auckland is an “oversimplification and therefore misleading”.

The group released a report compiled by Wanaka-based airline captain Terry Hetherington, who researched and calculated the capabilities of the ATR 72-600 aircraft and found they “can indeed fly between Wanaka and Auckland”.

But Queenstown Airport Corporation director Norm Thompson said just because an aircraft could operate on a certain route did not mean it would.

Mr Hetherington said his research was peer-reviewed by two experts, who agreed with his findings.

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