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Air Kiribati and Pionair (Bankstown) E190-E2 EIS meeting in Auckland last week

Old 24th Nov 2021, 21:29
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What happened to the other E190 that arrived last year
Stripped of its Pionair livery waiting for a new operator.
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Old 9th Jan 2022, 16:01
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I swung by Bankstown Airport yesterday and saw that the Air Kiribati E190-E2 is back and according to flightaware itís been parked there since the 24th of November 2021.


It makes me wonder was the flight to Queensland just a publicity stunt?


Also the other E190 VH-SEF still has its full Pionair livery.
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Old 9th Jan 2022, 21:08
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Meanwhile, out in the Pacific, domestic flights between Bonriki and Cassidy are occurring on an almost regular basis. Local contacts tell me that several are planned for this month.

It is also rumoured that in an accounting sense past players are back in a mentoring role. Guess newspapers are not selling well.
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Old 9th Jan 2022, 21:25
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domestic flights between Bonriki and Cassidy are occurring on an almost regular basis.
As a matter of interest, what aircraft type is doing those trips?
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Old 10th Jan 2022, 04:55
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domestic flights between Bonriki and Cassidy
Domestic - are you sure?? Last I was aware of was that to get to Christmas Island you had to catch an Air Fiji flight to Nadi and then an onwards connection with the same carrier to Christmas Is. No longer domestic but international unless there is a direct operation between the two.

Certainly nothing direct (domestic) I could find in their schedule on their website. Happy to be corrected :-)
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Old 12th Jan 2022, 21:47
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Local contact informs that the operation was undertaken using the Solomon's 320. Flightaware confirms the advice and the local contact advised that at least three more are planned for later this month to move school kids.

Unconfirmed report that the arrangement has very little to do with AKL and will be repeated in coming months. Pity about the loss of economic benefit for Fiji at the cost to Kiribati but this is a good example of the role of the big brother in the Pacific. .

I thought the Embraer was purchased for this domestic activity but it seems the government was misled . Can anyone help with the maths? What is 10% of the Embraer purchase price divided by three?

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Old 4th Mar 2022, 12:11
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Air Kiribati

According to the Air Kiribati Facebook page they are arranging a scheduled (not chartered) service Brisbane to Tarawa (freight only) and vice versa (passengers and freight) on 12 March. Maybe the Embraer is entering service at last?
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Old 4th Mar 2022, 22:37
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NOT SCHDULED AND NOT AIIR KIRIBATI

This is a PFP flight subsidized to the Australian government. The flight will be operated by IE, as were previous flights of this nature, which are arranged by local businesses.

Looks like some of the headshed at AKL are trying to look relevant on the international scene.

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Old 28th May 2022, 04:15
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Pionair currently doing CASA proving flights out of BNE Domestic with E190-E2 still in Air Kiribati livery.
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Old 28th May 2022, 07:19
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I heard the last eJet was sold to alliance? Wasnít it in Townsville this week?
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Old 28th May 2022, 19:33
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Originally Posted by SilverSleuth
I heard the last eJet was sold to alliance? Wasnít it in Townsville this week?
SEF went to TSV , the E2 IKJ is at BNE
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Old 1st Jun 2022, 12:09
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Are you suggesting that Air Kiribati has sold this plane?
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Old 1st Jun 2022, 21:19
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A simple check on the register may help answer your question
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Old 1st Jun 2022, 23:15
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Originally Posted by Double_Clutch
A simple check on the register may help answer your question

Itís not sold, who makes up this stuff?
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Old 1st Jun 2022, 23:32
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Originally Posted by TBM-Legend
Itís not sold, who makes up this stuff?
Y'all are just conflating two different ejets.

VH-SEF was sold to alliance.

The E2 was not.
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Old 2nd Jun 2022, 05:59
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Thanks y'all... hopefully it will start revenue service to Kiribati soon
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Just for anyone interested.... Kiribati government have announced return to normal international services in and outbound from 1 August. 3 day quarantine, presumably so they can accommodate planeloads effectively. No news on carrier, but Air Solomons are increasing their frequency of TRW-BNE flights.
Embraer ready yet?
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Old 23rd Jun 2022, 10:56
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The Embraer

Interestingly, Pionair have revamped their website and no longer refer to the Air Kiribati Embraer. Instead, they say it's available to charter as their plane. Plane has also disappeared from the Air Kiribati website....
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Old 23rd Jun 2022, 13:20
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Interestingly, Pionair have revamped their website and
their C & T department.
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Old 3rd Dec 2022, 00:15
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CASSIDY CLOSURE

Whether the Embraer is available for domestic operations or not it seems the safety oversight regulator has closed Cassidy due to safety concerns. Not too long ago the World Bank spent a couple of million of the folding stuff to improve safety at the airport but local contacts tell me the systems, particularly the lights were never commissioned. The question is "Why has the regulator waited so long to take action and what role has the regulator had in working towards remedies for whatever the safety deficiencies are? "

The Kanton refueler tells me that the regulator took no direct interest in the commissioning at the conclusion of the project in 2019.

The Bonriki refueler has advised the Head of the regulatory body left on leave immediately after closing Cassidy and did not delegate full responsibility to his temporary replacement so that when Cabinet asked what is occurring and asked for an exemption to be granted to allow Cassidy to remain open to allow hundreds of school kids to return to Kiritimati (Christmas) for Christmas the temp OIC was left in the lurch.

Strange goings on and high time ICAO stepped in to audit this highly dysfunctional body which does little to promote or improve safety. in the region.


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