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  • Twenty years since Kiwi Air: Ewan Wilson's bestseller Dogfight updated

    7 November at 10:06 from atlas

    Twenty years since Kiwi Air: Ewan Wilson's bestseller Dogfight updated 

    Twenty years ago an ambitious young New Zealander changed the country's aviation scene forever.

    Fed up with a cozy duopoly of Air New Zealand and Qantas which saw trans-Tasman flights out of the reach of so many, Ewan Wilson set up Kiwi Air to take on the big boys.

     

    The revolutionary nuts 'n cola airline made its first charter flights to Brisbane in August 1994 and twenty years ago next month made its first Christmas charter flights to Sydney and Brisbane.

    The cheeky airline's fairytale expansion over the next two years transformed a sleepy provincial backwater into a bustling international airport which was the talk of Australasia.

     

    When the dream came crashing down Wilson released Dogfight, a New Zealand bestseller chronicling his stunning rollercoaster ride with Kiwi Air and its traumatic demise.

    Now to commemorate the 20th anniversary, Wilson has updated Dogfight with chapters describing his dramatic court case and examining what has occurred in aviation in the two decades since. Wilson's analysis of Air New Zealand's stranglehold on the country's aviation scene and of the missed opportunities which have seen Hamilton International Airport debt ridden but barely utilised, make for sobering reading.