Thursday 30 April 2020

First Bombardier Challenger on the ZK register

The first Bombardier Challenger to be registered in New Zealand took flight for the first time under its ZK markings on 29 April 2020. ZK-JCJ, operated by GCH (Garden City Helicopters) Jet Operations, was delivered to Christchurch back on 09 February 2020 as N604CA (SEE HERE) and was offically placed on the ZK register a couple of weeks later. 

It's first flight as ZK-JCJ was conducted on the morning of 29 April 2020 when it conducted circuits at Christchurch, and it then flew onto Auckland. It then made a return trip to Taupo and back before heading back to Christchurch later the same day. 

ZK-JCJ taxis for departure from Auckland destined for Christchurch 29 April 2020. 

New Zealand plays host to three foreign registered Bombardier jet aircraft - 
Challenger 604 VH-BLM registered to Auckland company BDC Aviation and Challenger 350 N300NZ operated by Southern Flight Holdings and based at Queenstown. While Global Express N599CH is often resident in either Queenstown or Christchurch.

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