KIWI INTERNATIONAL Airlines, is to expand its fleet, to enable further additions to its local New Zealand and Trans-Tasman services to Australia.

After the return of its leased Boeing 757-200 to Air 2000 in early May, Kiwi will operate the Air Nauru 737-400 four days a week on its own routes, and for the remaining three days on Air Nauru's network. An Airbus A320-200 is to be leased from Orix, along with a 737-300, both on 1 June.

In the longer term, Hamilton-based Kiwi plans to acquire two new aircraft in May 1997, when it should have received its own air-operator's certificate.

New services will be introduced in July from Christchurch to Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney and Perth, and routes from Hamilton will also take in Perth and Melbourne.

Source: Flight International