Plans have been unveiled for a new national airline backed by China. If it goes ahead, there are high hopes it will mean a big cut in the price of tickets to the outer islands, and particularly to the remote Northern Group islands. The Captain Cook Airline project, organised by property developer, Tim Tepaki. He believes the price cuts would be possible by developing hotels on 12 islands which would, in turn, generate traffic to them. Finance from China would be used to help fund the initiative.