Started in 1992, Glenorchy Air was founded by Robert and Janet Rutherford. At the time, the stunning road from Queenstown to Glenorchy was unsealed, making it not as accessible as it is today. They saw an opportunity to begin an operation there and once the road was sealed six years later, focus shifted to their base at Queenstown Airport, which they still occupy today. Offering awe-inspiring, personalised flights to Milford Sound, Mt. Cook, Mt. Aspiring and beyond.
In July 2019, James Stokes took to the helm at Glenorchy Air. James is a Queenstown local who is incredibly passionate about aviation and the beautiful region. Not long after taking over Glenorchy Air James purchased a brand new custom built Cessna all the way from Kansas, USA. The new 208 made the journey across the Pacific Ocean to Queenstown, NZ in late 2020.
This is Glenorchy Air’s prized jewel boasting executive leather seats, the latest Garmin G1000 NXI glass cockpit avionics, expansive windows making every seat a window seat for the many senic flights around the area.