Please find the images attached that I took of the final Eagle Airways flight out of Gisborne, NZ2237 to Wellington.
Eagle Airways is a 100% owned subsidiary of Air New Zealand, and two years ago it was announced that Eagle Airways was to close, with the airlines' fleet of Beechcraft 1900D to be sold and slowly taken out of service with Eagle Airways. Services were to wind up completely by August 27, 2016. Eagle Airways has been operating in Gisborne since 1988.
Cities like Gisborne had their Eagle Airways services replaced with larger, more economical Q300 aircraft, that could carry more passengers, and operate at a lower cost per seat, which meant that airfares could be decreased with the larger aircraft.
A few cities that Eagle served lost services altogether, these included Whakatane, Kaitaia, Westport and more recently Wanganui.
The Gisborne to Wellington route was one of the final Eagle Airways routes, with Palmerston North to Hamilton and Wellington the only surviving routes until they are replaced with Air Nelson Q300 aircraft in August.
The recent changes with Eagle Airways and Air Nelson have also meant that almost all the regional cities in the Air New Zealand network no longer have resident flight attendants and pilots, meaning all of Air NZ's pilots and flight attendants are from Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch, and stay overnight in hotels in the provincial centres.
I hope this gives some background for the story. Eagle Airways was a solid team of aviation professionals, and with such a solid service to Gisborne over the recent years, and the airline will be missed in our provincial centres.