New Plymouth airport’s aviation café had an interesting beginning. The business was set up by local hospitality enthusiast Craig Macfarlane, known for his quality restaurants, cafés and Ozone Coffee Roastery (NZ and London); and ‘local boy returned home’ television presenter Jim Hickey.
The combination of the extensive hospitality experience of Craig, and the aviation passion of Jim who is also a pilot, resulted in the birth of Airspresso. The café combines fresh simple contemporary cafe food and local freshly roasted Ozone coffee with aircraft stories and memorabilia.
For several years Jim Hickey commuted between New Plymouth and Auckland, producing television programmes and presenting weather on TVNZ’s ONE News. Whenever he’d fly home, he’d visualise a smart, contemporary café at the airport, featuring biographies of local wartime pilots, aircraft souvenirs and relics on the walls, and a fine dining and espresso experience to compliment the aviation ambience.
Months of discussion, brainstorming and submissions to local council saw the unfurling of Airspresso, a concept unique to airport terminals in provincial New Zealand.
Now, early business travellers can enjoy a fresh fruit or cooked open panini breakfast, and digest their laptop emails on broadband provided in the cockpit lounge, friends can sip a latte or read the paper as they await their flight, or mums and dads can take the family out for lunch and a fruit smoothie and watch warbirds aerobatics on a Sunday afternoon.
Pilots’ biographies include Cliff Emeny, father of local fixed wing and helicopter pilot Brett, Harold Newton and Jim Hickey Snr, Jim’s dad who was a Spitfire pilot in Burma during World War Two.
This sense of local history, together with propellers and canopies, has proven very popular with both locals and visitors alike. So too have the regular documentaries and flying programmes featured on the big screen.
Airspresso – an expression of fine espresso, airside dining and nostalgia. Do join us.
Airspresso is a popular NZ café outside New Plymouth and now offers you the opportunity to have delicious, freshly made morning, afternoon teas and lunches delivered directly to your office or home. So, if you are planning lunch with friends, a business meeting or corporate presentation and want to ensure your guests are well catered for contact Airspresso today.
Choose from the following and let Airspresso price your function for you:
SANDWICHES (ham, chicken or bacon)
SAVOURY FINGER FOOD
SAVOURY INDIVIDUAL LUNCH OPTION
Contact Dale Goldfinch AIRSPRESSO CATERING Airport Drive Bell Block P.O. Box 8182 New Plymouth
Ph/Fax (06) 7550720 Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Airspresso is the gateway to our province and we pride ourselves on excellent customer service at all times. If you take pride in your work, are self motivated, committed to excellence and enjoy being part of a busy, focused and fun-loving team we could be the ideal working environment for you.
We will continue to update this page with specific employment opportunities which we have available. It is our suggestion that you take your time and familiarise yourself with the information provided within this website. If you then feel that you would like to be part of this successful team please complete your details on the forms provided expressing your interest in employment.
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Above: Spitfire Cockpit Canopy: This is a genuine 'New Build' mark 9 World War Two spitfire canopy assembly. Built using some original parts. It is airworthy, and could be fitted to a spitfire fighter and flown.
Above: 1944 North American P51D Mustang Fighter canopy.
Please feel free to contact us with any enquiries about Airspresso, we would be happy to hear from you.
Airport Drive Bell Block PO BOX 8182 New Plymouth TEL/FAX +64 6 755 0720 +64 6 755 0720
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