Whilst on Holiday in Nelson (NZ) I saw 6 Virgin Australia ATR-500’s.
My first thought was that Virgin Aus might start regional services in NZ. However on closer inspection I noticed that all of them had Aussie registrations.
So as Nelson is Air New Zealand’s maintenance hub for it’s turboprop aircraft, and remembering that Air New Zealand brought new ATR-72’s last year, I reckon they have sold some of their older ATR-500’s to Virgin Australia. They then had them fitted out for their new company in Nelson before flying trans-tasman to begin more regional services in Australia.
I was wondering if anyone else knew anything more on this, or just other ideas or comments on this subject.