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by aerokiwi
Sat May 26, 2018 3:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2018
Replies: 365
Views: 35826

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2018

My understanding of the Canberra diversion flights issue revolves around QF formalising an agreement with CBR to use it as a diversion airport. If we consider the airport only have five wide body parking stands and 2-3 of these could be occupied at any one-time during the day to day operation of th...

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by aerokiwi
Sat May 26, 2018 3:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2018
Replies: 365
Views: 35826

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2018

But VA's fares typically reflect the small snack + tea/coffee/juice. Observationally, they're $10-15 cheaper than Qantas. And if you want more there's BOB, WHICH IS Usually $10-15 for a feed. And for transcons they offer meals. Where they let themselves down is the Tasman - why they don't have stre...

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by aerokiwi
Sat May 26, 2018 1:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2018
Replies: 365
Views: 35826

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2018

Imagine the cabin crew trying to hand out meals and drinks to full fare pax, and dealing with those that went the no food / drink entertainment option , suddenly deciding they are hungry and thirsty so BOB would have to be in there as well . AN767 Plus having to deal with those pax that did not rea...

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by aerokiwi
Fri May 25, 2018 7:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Tahiti Nui reveal brand refresh
Replies: 84
Views: 20582

Re: Air Tahiti Nui reveal brand refresh

They made it better! Fantastic! I never liked the red-flag lines before but much more elegant this time. And the patterning on the rear of the fuselage combined with some Polynesian design motifs on the tail... brilliant!

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by aerokiwi
Sun May 06, 2018 2:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2018
Replies: 365
Views: 35826

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2018

So if we want to go into minute detail about Air NZ can we perhaps keep it in the NZ thread? Using a single route suggestion - say CBR-AKL - as an excuse to endlessly explore the kiwi carrier on the Australian thread is kinda, I dunno, tedious. Meanwhile, good to see prospects looking up for VA. Let...

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by aerokiwi
Wed Apr 25, 2018 2:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2018
Replies: 548
Views: 34513

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2018

So WIAL had a chat with the local golf club over the land needed to expand the airport. tl:dr; The golfers aren't happy. https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/103274546/wellingtons-miramar-golf-club-could-see-half-its-land-gobbled-up-by-the-airport-in-three-years The bit I found interesting was the comm...

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by aerokiwi
Tue Apr 24, 2018 2:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AirAsia X won't buy "too expensive" Airbus A350: Tony Fernandes
Replies: 301
Views: 39291

Re: AirAsia X won't buy "too expensive" Airbus A350: Tony Fernandes

Someone might say "The A330-900 can fit a max of 440 passengers where the 787-9 has to stop at 420 due to exit limits." Sure, but that requires the A330 to use 28inch pitch seats and narrow 16.5inch seats. They will have to reduce ticket price. If the A330 ticket price is only 5% cheaper ...

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by aerokiwi
Tue Apr 17, 2018 10:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2018
Replies: 548
Views: 34513

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2018

On the VA/NZ divorce - surely now it's plain to see that the entire partnership was grossly uncompettiive and it made a mockery of the Commerce Commission's approval of it and the QF/EK one. The reaction has been new services, increased frequencies, more seats. Also known as... competition. Meaning...

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by aerokiwi
Tue Apr 17, 2018 8:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2018
Replies: 548
Views: 34513

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2018

On the VA/NZ divorce - surely now it's plain to see that the entire partnership was grossly uncompettiive and it made a mockery of the Commerce Commission's approval of it and the QF/EK one. The reaction has been new services, increased frequencies, more seats. Also known as... competition. Meaning ...

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by aerokiwi
Tue Apr 17, 2018 8:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2018
Replies: 548
Views: 34513

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2018

My understanding was that government had only agreed to fund "Stage 1" - the Dominion Road component, leaving "Stage 2" (the airport) to a later date. If so, then a classic government manoeuvre to kick the can, while satisfyng the inner-city types who have some gilded view of tr...

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by aerokiwi
Mon Apr 16, 2018 2:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2018
Replies: 548
Views: 34513

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2018

I take nothing from Sydney's blow out or an opinion on the matter from someone with a biased view. To me I took two things out of this 1. There's still doubt over which way to go so could be a long drawn up progress 2. MEL's commitment to go heavy rail given their love for trams must be reviewed an...

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by aerokiwi
Sat Apr 14, 2018 12:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2018
Replies: 643
Views: 54513

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2018

VA introduce updated iphone app and new android app. https://www.ausbt.com.au/virgin-australia-unveils-all-new-iphone-android-app?utm_source=hero Thank god! Current one was atrocious to use!! Agreed. The number of times I'd just about thrown my phone out the taxi en route to the airport while using...

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by aerokiwi
Sun Apr 08, 2018 2:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Asiana celebrates 30th anniversary; refocus more on longhaul flying
Replies: 68
Views: 8632

Re: Asiana Airlines future expansion

Asiana is a spectacularly ordinary airline. It has a long way to go in terms of inflight offering, I'd argue it's on par with the Chienese carriers. Maybe they should focus on improving that first. Perhaps your bad experience with them was a one-off? They do have a 5-star rating from Skytrax (whate...

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by aerokiwi
Sun Apr 08, 2018 12:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Asiana celebrates 30th anniversary; refocus more on longhaul flying
Replies: 68
Views: 8632

Re: Asiana Airlines future expansion

Asiana is a spectacularly ordinary airline. It has a long way to go in terms of inflight offering, I'd argue it's on par with the Chienese carriers. Maybe they should focus on improving that first.

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by aerokiwi
Sun Apr 08, 2018 4:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: UA to introduce new and/or revised livery in the coming years
Replies: 186
Views: 30626

Re: Rumor: UA to introduce new and/or revised livery in the coming years

I've never understood the hate towards the post merger livery. Brilliant and elegant colour combos of blue, gold, white and grey makes for a fantastic application across the branding. While by most accounts the service doesn't yet match the brand, to me at least UA comes across as a serious business...

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by aerokiwi
Mon Apr 02, 2018 7:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2018
Replies: 643
Views: 54513

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2018

Thanks everyone, very interesting. Certainly some issues I hadn't considered - e.g. pilot training, group bookings, infant travel. Clearly Kendal/Ansett management hadn't either! :)

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by aerokiwi
Mon Apr 02, 2018 12:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2018
Replies: 643
Views: 54513

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2018

A bit of a historical one for the long weekend... Can anyone give a brief rundown on the last few years of Kendall, particularly with their whole move into the CRJs? I remember Aust Aviation articles on it at the time touting the move but it seemed to backfire on the carrier, or at least from my tee...

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by aerokiwi
Wed Mar 28, 2018 1:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air New Zealand announces ORD-AKL
Replies: 80
Views: 13680

Re: Air New Zealand announces ORD-AKL

FYI NZ's code 2 789s are 270 seats. How is the flight direct to ORD? Those flying from Australia still have to change planes in AKL. Very true. Separately though, for SYD and MEL passengers, AKL beats BNE, LAX and SFO for transfers to ORD, with a same-terminal transfer. . Pretty common for airlines...

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by aerokiwi
Wed Mar 21, 2018 9:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2018
Replies: 588
Views: 37509

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2018

As regional development minister. Shane Jones should be focused setting up a fully integrated collaboration with depts of treasury/transport/immigration/social development etc and focus on closing down gang controlled or benefit ridden towns with no reason to exist, closing down pointless aerodrome...

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by aerokiwi
Wed Mar 21, 2018 8:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2018
Replies: 588
Views: 37509

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2018

This statement from Peters defies belief: "You can't make every route profitable in any transportation scheme, but the combination of them all together is what makes the profit - we just want them to have regard for that. " In other words, passengers on profitable routes should subsidise ...

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by aerokiwi
Mon Mar 19, 2018 3:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2018
Replies: 593
Views: 53649

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2018

VA looking at different 737MAX variants that will form its current order of 40 aircraft, first delivery end of 2019 https://twitter.com/AusAviation/status/975518430731186177 This was always a big chance. The MAX-10 will be ideal for VA on its trans-continental services if it wants to add better J c...

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by aerokiwi
Tue Mar 13, 2018 11:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2018
Replies: 588
Views: 37509

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2018

What’s the load factor on the route? I checked the loads for PPQ over a couple of days and they were literally half empty for all bar one flight on the day of departure or 1-2 days prior. The AM flight was "full" in one direction but the saleable config was reduced by a substantial amount...

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by aerokiwi
Sat Mar 10, 2018 7:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2018
Replies: 588
Views: 37509

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2018

... hardly anyone is using it. That's the entire issue. What? You say that " hardly anyone is using it " - yet, only a few months ago, NZ explicitly said that it " was happy with demand for its Paraparaumu air services ." I suspect that it is not as simple as saying that " ...

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by aerokiwi
Thu Mar 08, 2018 11:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AirAsia X CEO in Seattle discussing 787-10
Replies: 92
Views: 13094

Re: AirAsia X CEO in Seattle discussing 787-10

It would be a major boon for pax comfort if they switch to 78Js. While people moan about a 9 abreast 787, I can guarantee you'd loathe a 9-abreast A330. It's genuinely awful.

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by aerokiwi
Thu Mar 08, 2018 6:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AirAsia X CEO in Seattle discussing 787-10
Replies: 92
Views: 13094

Re: AirAsia X CEO in Seattle discussing 787-10

Maybe someone should tell Boeing that that's not actually AAX's livery anymore. No?

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by aerokiwi
Mon Mar 05, 2018 5:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH new livery to be ‘revised’ after only three weeks
Replies: 154
Views: 36155

Re: LH new livery to be ‘revised’ after only three weeks

There's a reason why companies all around the world are paying millions of dollars to these design agencies. I'm sure there is, but nevertheless most of us can't help feeling schadenfreude when these highly paid experts screw up, as they sometimes do. The myAustrian debacle has been mentioned - rem...

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by aerokiwi
Sun Mar 04, 2018 10:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2018
Replies: 588
Views: 37509

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2018

Similarly, Erebus was a tragedy that cannot be undone. It will never be forgotten but the families don't "own" Erebus and it is wrong, I think, to give them that authority. So I believe NZ has taken an important step by normalising Antarctica. mariner But this is about the story of Air Ne...

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by aerokiwi
Wed Feb 28, 2018 6:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2018
Replies: 729
Views: 56581

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2018

JB says VA’s performance on MEL-HKG is an indicator on the success on how SYD-HKG will perform Still planning on having a flight to China https://www.ausbt.com.au/virgin-australia-takes-aim-at-qantas-cathay-pacific-monopoly?utm_source=hero Well MEL-HKG can't be that successful if they scale it back...

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by aerokiwi
Mon Feb 26, 2018 12:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2018
Replies: 729
Views: 56581

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2018

There's no data yet but a friend in QF tells me it's lower than QF anticipated, it seems that the double whammy of losing the former MEL-DXB-LHR A380 plus DXB now being swapped out for SIN which is much more appealing for passengers who can now do MEL-SIN-LHR, has taken a slice out of the PER-LHR a...

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by aerokiwi
Mon Feb 26, 2018 2:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2018
Replies: 729
Views: 56581

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2018

For what it's worth, that A320 looks awesome in the Qantas livery. I'd go as far as to say it would look even better than the former QF livery, but that's obviously just a hunch. It is interesting how the QF and VA fleets have developed. The WA market almost necessitates an exception to the fleet si...

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by aerokiwi
Sun Feb 25, 2018 8:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH introduces revised livery
Replies: 1106
Views: 204111

Re: LH introduces revised livery

LH has internally announced to implement minor adjustments. As it turned out in the daily business the new blue appears a little dull in certain circumstances. Bahahahahaha! So much for "absolutely nailing it". All those design experts - I wonder if they get paid more for the adjustment. ...

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by aerokiwi
Mon Feb 19, 2018 11:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EK launches daily AKL - DPS - DXB flight on 77W
Replies: 75
Views: 9554

Re: EK launches daily AKL - DPS - DXB flight on 77W

Fantastic news! NZ has faffed about with DPS long enough. Good on EK for thinking a little differently. I expect NZ will withdraw soon enough. They just don't have the product offering to compete. Good timings too.

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by aerokiwi
Sun Feb 18, 2018 11:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2018
Replies: 571
Views: 34616

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2018

Was reading a Herald story today about Aucklanders moving to Whanganui and one of the interviewees mentioned jumping on an Air Chathams flight back to AKL if they needed a weekend there. Anyway I think I read here that the airline had taken delivery of some Saabs. Love those 340s. Are they intended ...

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by aerokiwi
Fri Feb 16, 2018 12:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH introduces revised livery
Replies: 1106
Views: 204111

Re: LH introduces revised livery

Interesting. What you consider an appropriate and worthwhile process smacks of groupthink and over-consultation to me. So you end up with a hollow, bland Qantas/UTA knockoff, minus the personality. I'm sure a lot of us have experienced similar in the corporate world. Would much rather a passionate ...

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by aerokiwi
Thu Feb 15, 2018 1:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH introduces revised livery
Replies: 1106
Views: 204111

Re: LH introduces revised livery

Incredible... they managed to pick the most bland and uninspiring scheme out of a sea of bland and uninspiring schemes. This has clearly been a process of consultation, discussion and elimination over a very long time. I see where you're coming from, and I can understand why some of the alternative...

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by aerokiwi
Sat Feb 10, 2018 3:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2018
Replies: 729
Views: 56581

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2018

^^ There are "infrequent" flyers as well, so they probably wouldn't be aware of commonality. There are literally millions of Australians who are QF FF's who are very infrequent travellers (I would suspect who travel economy). They love travelling the Big Red and wouldn't fly anyone else. ...

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by aerokiwi
Sat Feb 10, 2018 8:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2018
Replies: 729
Views: 56581

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2018

^^ There are "infrequent" flyers as well, so they probably wouldn't be aware of commonality. There are literally millions of Australians who are QF FF's who are very infrequent travellers (I would suspect who travel economy). They love travelling the Big Red and wouldn't fly anyone else. ...

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by aerokiwi
Fri Feb 09, 2018 4:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Asiana celebrates 30th anniversary; refocus more on longhaul flying
Replies: 68
Views: 8632

Re: Asiana celebrates 30th anniversary; refocus more on longhaul flying

Having flown 4 flights with OZ recently (A380 and A330 services) one word sums them up - meh. Mediocre everything with an overwhelming presence of greige.

Terrible meals. Limited IFE. Characterless in every other way. Perhaps they could work on that first.

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by aerokiwi
Mon Feb 05, 2018 11:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa fires Brussels Airlines CEO & CFO since they didn't want to change SN into an LCC
Replies: 146
Views: 21261

Re: Lufthansa fires Brussels Airlines CEO & CFO since they didn't want to change SN into an LCC

Wait wait wait wait... Brussels Airlines isn't already an LCC in Europe? Because 5 flights with them had me longing for Easyjet. Service - what service?

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by aerokiwi
Wed Jan 31, 2018 4:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018
Replies: 1024
Views: 72673

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018

Remarkable that QF only serves Vancouver seasonally while NZ has really managed to establish itself. Not really: - Both AKL and YVR are Star Alliance hubs, whereas SYD and YVR are not alliance-aligned - NZ routes low-yielding Europe pax through YVR, while SYD - VYR - Europe is too long - AKL had no...

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by aerokiwi
Tue Jan 30, 2018 7:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018
Replies: 1024
Views: 72673

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018

Remarkable that QF only serves Vancouver seasonally while NZ has really managed to establish itself. I guess the latter didn't have the AC onslaught to compete with. Saw today in the VA mag that the E190 is done and dusted as of the end of January. Just as the F100s get a streaming IFE upgrade - did...

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by aerokiwi
Mon Jan 29, 2018 1:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - January 2018
Replies: 366
Views: 27609

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - January 2018

Having flown on CX A350’s a few times recently, I too hope that NZ goes for them to replace the 77E & 77W with the A359 and A35J, plus the A359ULR for opening new routes. They’re a really good passenger experience plus the economics clearly stack up. Why do posters here hope for Airbus as repla...

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by aerokiwi
Sun Jan 28, 2018 9:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018
Replies: 1024
Views: 72673

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018

Right so January has been peak-silly season for unsubstantiated and unsourced rumours so I'm calling it - what are your sources for EY and SQ selling their VA stake? Not saying it won't happen, but has there been any verified media source for these? EY: conceivable though just as VA is on the impro...

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by aerokiwi
Sun Jan 28, 2018 10:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018
Replies: 1024
Views: 72673

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018

As I understand it from various sources, the CN Govt. has forbidden HNA group any additional investment in HKA & various other ventures. HKA needs the funds badly, so I expect an external solution will/is being sought! That of course would imply interesting times ahead for VA as well..............

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by aerokiwi
Sun Jan 28, 2018 3:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018
Replies: 1024
Views: 72673

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2018

mariner I still think that what you're referring to are the minor city airports, not the regionals. I can't ever see an A320 (or A319 or A318 for that matter) working to a place like WGA or MRE or RMA, for example. Even if it was once per week, its not going to be something that people want to use ...

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by aerokiwi
Fri Jan 26, 2018 5:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Etihad to retire A330 freighter fleet
Replies: 57
Views: 14112

Re: Etihad to retire A330 freighter fleet

Why are posters comenting as though EY is shutting up shop altogether? Wishful thinking? Clearly their investment strategy has flopped and they're right sixing and reevaluating across their network and offering. Seems sensible, as opposed to other carriers that have followed failed strategies bloody...

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by aerokiwi
Thu Jan 25, 2018 8:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - January 2018
Replies: 366
Views: 27609

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - January 2018

Oh dear oh dear. This doomed from the start crazy service has failed just as no doubt Qantas, Jetstar, AirNZ, and pretty well all of us knew it would. Somewhere, unknown to us, politics (subsidy) were at the bottom of it. Oh how good a service our three carriers might have produced with the same (s...

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by aerokiwi
Wed Jan 24, 2018 10:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - January 2018
Replies: 366
Views: 27609

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - January 2018

There may be a payback or penalty clause. Dunno. Another reason councils should stick to rubbish collection and footpaths. Ok so they have been operating for just over a year. If they had to pay ALL that money back how much do you think it would be relative to the future cost of the route? And no o...

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by aerokiwi
Wed Jan 24, 2018 8:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - January 2018
Replies: 366
Views: 27609

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - January 2018

Well so much for that "stroke of genius". But worth giving it a go, I suppose. I'm guessing SQ needs to operate the service for a certain amount of time as per their agreement with Wellington Council. And to mitigate the losses (maybe even generate a profit) in the meantime, provide a ser...

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by aerokiwi
Wed Jan 24, 2018 3:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - January 2018
Replies: 366
Views: 27609

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - January 2018

Well so much for that "stroke of genius". But worth giving it a go, I suppose. I'm guessing SQ needs to operate the service for a certain amount of time as per their agreement with Wellington Council. And to mitigate the losses (maybe even generate a profit) in the meantime, provide a serv...

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