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Convair 580

The fastest scheduled turbo-prop in NZ skies

The Convair 580 is the fastest multi-engine turbo-prop aircraft in operation in NZ, ensuring you get to your destination quickly. This aircraft is extremely versatile, has generous seat positions and leg room with large windows for viewing.  

It allows Air Chathams to carry more passengers and freight further and to more isolated destinations. In the past we have operated charters and scheduled services to the Chatham Islands, Manapouri, Tuvalu in the South Pacific, and many more remote destinations.

Air Chathams has three Convair 580’s, one with a full 50 seat passenger configuration, ZK-CIE with a large cargo hold for passenger luggage and freight, one full freighter only, ZK-KFL and one versatile "combi" freight and passenger configuration, ZK-CIB often used for Chatham Islands passenger flights.  

Our full freighter Convair is painted with a Toroa or Chatham Islands Albatross.  Graham "Mr G" Hoete, a street artist from the Bay of Plenty who specialises in photorealism, painted our lovely bird.


Aircraft Specifications 
Speed520 kilometres per hour
Max Altitude25,000 feet
Pressurised CabinYes
No. of Pilots2
No. of Flight Attendants1
No. of SeatsUp to 50 seats
Inflight CateringAvailable
Toilet Yes