The air transport division represents the very diverse interests of all commercial fixed-wing operators, whether they are regular scheduled airlines providing services to, through and beyond New Zealand, or non-scheduled air transport or freight operators.
One of the original founding divisions of the AIA, Air Transport had its beginnings with the commencement of large-scale, regular, public air transport in New Zealand in 1949.
Since that date the division has vigorously promoted a very strong safety ethos, within the commercial air transport industry, participating in numerous government consultations and working parties.
It was instrumental in promoting the Swedavia McGregor Report, which formed the basis of the Civil Aviation Act 1990 and the accompanying new rules environment. Since that date it has worked collaboratively with various government agencies to promote the efficiency and effectiveness of the aviation system.
The division is strongly advocating for change and the protection of air transport reputation in the following areas:
- The introduction of performance-based navigation and the development of a coherent air space plan reflecting technology, environmental and regulatory considerations
- Introduction and implementation of Safety Management Systems
- Development of "just culture"
- Review of Rule Part 141
- LIB 4 definition of crew
- IRD review of aircraft maintenance and overhaul provisions
- Membership of industry-wide safety committee