How it all started! In 2009 I was working as a general travel broker for Frontier Travel, who were about to launch a new website. They asked for us brokers to come up with some new and exciting ideas for the website. On discussing this with hubby Kev, he suggested an aviation tour back to the UK (for purely selfish reasons I’m sure). We had been in NZ for 5 years at that time and hadn’t been back at all so Kev was missing his dose of major air shows. I did some research and although there had been aviation tours some years before, there was nothing operating at that time. So between us we came up with an itinerary featuring Flying Legends - one of our favourite air shows, and some of the best aviation museums in the South of England. Mixed with some amazing places of general interest and some rail & motoring museums, the tour proved popular and in 2010 the first Planes, Trains & Autos tour departed and ran annually for 3 years until 2012. Since then we have created many different itineraries including "Bomber County", "Battle of Britain & D-Day", "Wings & Wheels" and "The Spitfire Trail".
Along the way Frontier Travel was bought by Travel Managers who in turn were bought by Flight Centre. Travel Managers has retained it's identity to this day but now has the support of Flight Centre benind the scenes. In 2019 we ran two tours to Australia, "Avalon and Beyond" and "Wings over the Outback".
With the closing of world borders in March 2020 we have now launched our domestic NZ aviation tours and look forward to those departing in November 2020.
We love sharing aviation journeys with you and hope you can join us.