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Originair is a commuter airline that operates scheduled domestic flights out of its hub base, Nelson Airport (NSN) within New Zealand. The airline was founded in 2015 after Air New Zealand canceled direct flights between Nelson and Palmerston North.

Flight services carried out by Air Freight NZ the reason being was due to the small size of the airline. The airline began operating in August 2015 with flights between Nelson and Palmerston North.

Originair currently operates 4 regularly scheduled flights as well as other charter flights around New Zealand. The airline flies to Hamilton, Nelson, Palmerston North, and Wellington.

Overall, the airline has a fleet of 4 British Aerospace Jetstream turboprop aircraft that can in total carry 75 passengers at one time.

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Baggage Policy

The airline's baggage includes all bags, carry-ons, laptop bags, purses and other items. All baggage must be weighed.

Carry-on Baggage

Passengers on the airline are permitted one piece of 7 kg hand luggage and are generally items such as small laptop bags, small backpacks, and handbags. All carry-on bags must be able to be placed under the seats.

Checked Baggage

Originair passengers are allowed to take 15kg of baggage per person. Any additional baggage will be charged at the current excess baggage rate. The airline isn't permitted to take hazardous materials such as flammables, compressed gases, batteries, and toxic substances.

Cabin Classes

The airline mainly has small flights and there is only one class cabin that is offered on the aircraft and that is the basic Economy class. The airline gives you amenities that include the one free checked piece of baggage, snacks, drinks, and the option of choosing your seat. The airline has Fare classes that include the Special Fare, Save Fare, Flexi Saver Fare and the Orginair Flexi Plus Fare. These fares help add more convenience, comfort, and safety of the flight.


Seats are positioned in a 1 x 2 formation, ensuring that each passenger will sit by either a window, aisle or both.


Originair passengers must check in at the airport since the airline doesn't offer online check-in.

Online Check-in

Online check-in before your flight isn't required when travelling with the airline.

Airport Check-in

When the passengers arrive at the airport terminal, they'll be required to hand in their boarding pass and the airline will take care of their baggage. To help ensure an on-time departure, passengers need to arrive at the departure terminal 40 minutes prior to flight departure time. This is notably important if you have special requirements or added baggage. The airline check-in is open one hour before to 30 minutes before the scheduled departure time of the flight.

Frequent Flyer Programme

The airline doesn't currently have a frequent flyer program.

Airline Alliance

Originair isn't currently part of any airline alliance.

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Destinations that Originair flies to

As of February 2021, the airline has scheduled flights to the 4 destinations within New Zealand. These destinations include Hamilton, Nelson, Palmerston North, and Wellington. If you're looking to fly within New Zealand, our guide to domestic flights within New Zealand offers lots of helpful information.

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Hub Airport

Nelson Airport

Nelson Airport (NSN) is a public airport in Nelson, New Zealand. The airport serves over 1.2 million passengers a year. The airport is located 6 km southwest of Nelson. It's the sixth-busiest airport in New Zealand by passenger numbers as well as being the busiest New Zealand airport without any scheduled international service.

The 4 airlines that fly to and from Bellingham Airport (BLI) including Air New Zealand, Golden Bay Air, Originair and Sounds Air.


As of February 2021, the airline operates a fleet of 4 aircraft:

  • 1 x British Aerospace Jetstream 31 (18 passengers per aircraft)
  • 3 x British Aerospace Jetstream 32 (19 passengers per aircraft)