New Zealand-based start-up carrier Kiwijet
is considering freighter operations in addition to passenger services.
Kiwijet says in a statement reiterating
that it has selected the BAE Systems Avro RJ100 that
it plans to operate four passenger aircraft “and perhaps two BAE 146-200 QT
freighters for domestic cargo operations”.
Until now the airline has only said that it plans to operate
passenger services on New Zealand domestic routes. Executives recently visited
BAE Systems in the UK to inspect aircraft.
Kiwijet originally planned to
operate Boeing 737-300s on domestic passenger services but later switched its
focus to regional jet operations.
It hopes to launch services late next year. Cities it plans
to serve initially include Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin, Hamilton,
Invercargill, Nelson and Palmerston North.