Since announcing their inclusion in the prestigious Virtuoso network, GCH aviation are stepping things up a notch with the introduction of two Challenger jets to their passenger services.
GCH Aviation is headquartered in Christchurch at a new $23 million base, which opened last year.
With other bases in Nelson, Greymouth, KaikoÃÑura, Wellington, plus Vanuatu and Fiji in the South Pacific, the company owns more than 30 aircraft and employs over 120 staff across its helicopter and fixed wing aircraft services.
The addition of the Challenger jets broadens GCH Aviations offerings to become s full service luxury travel provider, according to Group Marketing Manager, Caroline Blanchfield.
GCH Aviation has also recently aquired Kaikoura Helicopters.
GCH Aviation Group Chief Executive, Andrew Currie says the purchase expands the group’s scenic and commercial aviation services across New Zealand and the Pacific, establishing it as one of New Zealand’s major tourism aviation providers.
He says the company is going from strength to strength and has its sights firmly fixed on the premium tourism sector.
“We are ensuring our clients are given the very best experience from the minute they arrive to when they get out to explore New Zealand. Our high-value international visitors can now fly directly into Christchurch and head into the regions knowing they will receive the same high level of service, safety and experience.”
“KaikoÃÑura is world renowned for its whale watching and the region also boasts spectacular coastal and alpine scenery. KaikoÃÑura Helicopters is the most experienced aerial whale watching company in the world and has one of only two helicopter concessions to fly over the whale sanctuary, and we are delighted to add their expertise to our portfolio,” he says.
The new jets are set to launch at the beginning of next year.