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Kiwijet launch date delayed

Published: 12:22PM Tuesday February 26, 2008 Source: Newstalk ZB

A low cost airline planning to service eight New Zealand cities has delayed its planned start up date.

Kiwijet intends to use British Aerospace jets on domestic routes and was aiming to begin services later this year.

But Chief Executive Patrick Weil says after a due diligence process, it has been decided to postpone its launch date until next February.

Weil says the report highlighted the need for Kiwijet to form an alliance with a transtasman partner airline to provide feeder traffic to and from the main trunk.

He says his company is currently in confidential talks with an Australian carrier who asked the launch date be postponed so timetables can be co-ordinated.