Whangarei service well received
Since Fly My Sky launched a service between Auckland and Whangarei late last year feedback has been extremely positive, say company directors Robyn and Keith McKenzie.
“We can offer our customers a great service, flexibility and a very good price. We’ve had a lot of repeat customers,” says Keith.
The couple had been eyeing up the Whangarei market for some time believing they could offer a service to fill a gap in the growing region.
Fly My Sky offers flights from Auckland to Whangarei at 6.55am and 1.55pm and Whangarei to Auckland at 8.25am and 2.50pm. Keith says the times are advantageous for many people:
“For example the 6.55am flight is two hours earlier than any other flight to Whangarei from Auckland in the morning. This means people arrive at 7: 40 am to start their day. Likewise returning home the mid afternoon flight means people can arrive in Auckland at a time where they avoid rush hour traffic,” he explains.
Fly My Sky has been offering scheduled flights between Auckland and Great Barrier Island since 1998 so brings many years of experience to the new route.
Keith, an experienced helicopter and fixed wing pilot, offers over 50 years of flying experience.
The company training manager, who is responsible for pilot training, is ex NZ Air Force, a qualified aircraft engineer and an international pilot.
Fly My Sky offers Britten Norman Islander twin engine aircrafts which are perfectly suited to shorter journeys offering speed, high levels of safety and flexibility.
Each flight takes up to nine passengers and Keith and Robyn says customers appreciate the personal nature of the service, the fact that flights are more scenic than usual and the reasonable prices.
“Our pricing stays the same no matter how close to the travel date you book. This means our tickets can cost as little as a third of the price of our competitors. It’s extremely good value for money,” says Keith.
Although Fly My Sky is presently focused on a passenger service it has already dipped its toes into the freight market where Robyn says they can offer great flexibility to assist businesses.
“We can really adapt to what the market and our customers need. For example one of our freight customers is Okiwi Passion, a grower of a wide range of high quality, non-certified organic produce on Great Barrier Island. By being smaller, faster and more responsive, we help them get their product to the Auckland market when they need to,” she says.
Fly My Sky offers a service three to ten times per day between Auckland and Great Barrier Island – a mix of scheduled and charter flights – depending on demand.
The company also operates a sky taxi and tour service and has been taking people to rural, remote and mountain destinations for more than 30 years.
Among many awards over the years the company has recently won the Rural Champion Award at the 2018 NZI Rural Women New Zealand Business Awards and gained New Zealand tourism’s official mark of quality Qualmark Enviro Silver status indicating the high environmental and quality levels the company achieves.
They also achieved the newest New Zealand Civil Aviation Authority Aviation Safety Management System certification last year.
The McKenzies say Fly My Sky is focused on delivering service to the smaller markets that are often under serviced in New Zealand but extremely important.
“It’s about supporting smaller towns and rural communities,” says Robyn, “and helping facilitate the growth of businesses in these areas.”
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