The first of many Mount Cook Airlines ATR72 planes touched down in New Plymouth yesterday.
The airline, which is a subsidiary of Air New Zealand, will regularly fly its 68-seat ATR72 planes to and from New Plymouth airport.
They will replace some of the existing flights operated by fellow subsidiary Air Nelson with its 50-seat Q300 aircraft.
The bigger planes mean 72 extra seats will be available each day, easing a shortage of seats through New Plymouth at critical times.
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