UPDATE ON DOMESTIC FLIGHTS: Air Chathams wishes to advise all flights from Auckland to Whakatāne, Whanganui and the Kāpiti Coast will be suspended from midnight on Wednesday 25th March. We are operating a flight from the Chatham Islands to Wellington and return on Friday the 27th of March 2020. We appreciate your patience. For further COVID-19 information and updates, please click here.

Fairchild Metroliner III

A safe, fast, and efficient commuter aircraft

The Metroliner is also a very versatile aircraft and has seating for 19 passengers.  Used by Air Chathams since 1992, this aircraft can also be operated as a freighter with a maximum payload of 2 tonne.

Fast as well as reliable, the Metroliner is flown by two pilots, is pressurised and can be flown above the weather.  It has a great range and with full fuel this aircraft can fly for over 6 hours. The Metroliner is a great choice to charter for remote locations and family groups.  

Air Chathams has three Metroliners with the Auckland to Whakatane route using the Metroliner as our passenger aircraft.  One of our Metroliners is painted in a full body decal wrap in recognition of Whakatane as a tourist destination and our first mainland passenger port.


Aircraft Specifications 
Speed450 kilometres per hour
Max Altitude25,000 feet
Pressurised CabinYes
No. Of Pilots2
No. Of Flight Attendants0
Inflight CateringLimited