New Zealand Airline Academy orders Tecnam for fleet expansion

NZAA CEO & Director Jonathan Manuel, Tecnam CSO Walter Da Costa

New Zealand Airline Academy Limited (NZAAL) has placed a firm order for 10 Tecnam aircraft.

The fleet expansion includes eight single-engine P2008 JC Night VFR, one P-Mentor IFR trainer with RNAV capability and a ballistic safety parachute, plus one multi-engine P2006T Premium edition aircraft. The first of these, the Tecnam P2006T, is making a flight from the factory in Capua, Italy, to NZAAL’s base in Oamaru, New Zealand, marking a new chapter for the academy.

NZAAL is a flight training organisation certified under Part 141 of the Civil Aviation Authorities of both New Zealand and Vietnam. The exclusive cadet pilot training provider for Air India’s group AIX Connect, NZAAL is located in Oamaru, North Otago, a region known to offering a challenging and varied training environment.

This acquisition of 10 new Tecnam aircraft is a significant expansion from NZAAL’s start in 2018 with a single Tecnam P2008. Now, five years later, the academy’s Tecnam fleet will total 24 aircraft, with an overall fleet of 26, including two advanced P2006T Twin IFR trainers.

Jonathan Manuel, CEO & Director of NZAAL, emphasised the rigorous selection process for their training aircraft, prioritising safety, durability, technology, environmental sustainability, support, and cost-effectiveness. “Tecnam emerged as the unequivocal winner, embodying each of these criteria effortlessly,” said Manuel.

Walter Da Costa, Chief Sales Officer of Tecnam, praised NZAAL’s business model and its alignment with Tecnam’s vision of producing modern, safe, and economically attractive aircraft for flight schools worldwide.

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