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New Zealand’s first regular scheduled passenger service began in 1930 when a small enterprise called Air Travel launched a tri-weekly service between Christchurch and Dunedin. Using a De Havilland DH50 borrowed from the government, the company offered 3 flights a week between the two South Island cities. The service was poorly received and the company closed down after just 9 months. A matter of weeks later, Dominion Airlines Ltd began a daily service between Gisborne and Hastings to keep the areas ravaged by the Hawkes Bay earthquake in contact with the rest of New Zealand. For the service, they chose a British built Desoutter Mk2 monoplane. read more