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by NZ321
Mon Feb 19, 2018 12:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EK launches daily AKL - DPS - DXB flight on 77W
Replies: 42
Views: 4552

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

Yes it's looking okay - recipe for success with the freight. NZ have their hands tied at the mo with the 789 debacle. I imagine when they are fully operational again then they will lick their wounds and choose new turf. I agree about stop over potential. I hadn't really seen it through this lens.

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by NZ321
Mon Feb 19, 2018 10:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EK launches daily AKL - DPS - DXB flight on 77W
Replies: 42
Views: 4552

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

There you go. Another more rational explanation for why this service has been chosen. Go EK!

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by NZ321
Mon Feb 19, 2018 10:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EK launches daily AKL - DPS - DXB flight on 77W
Replies: 42
Views: 4552

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

I am also surprised by this move. I would have thought EK might have targeted SIN or even CGK rather than low yielding AKL-DPS. I guess they see the opportunity to establish year round AKL-DPS (I just mentioned in the NZ thread that NZ has been too slow on that one). Bali really is in my experience ...

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by NZ321
Mon Feb 19, 2018 9:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kuala Lumpur to be Finnair's next Asian destination?
Replies: 12
Views: 3030

Re: Kuala Lumpur to be Finnair's next Asian destination?

At the moment there is a huge amount of KL-Europe traffic going to SQ and TG via SIN or BKK for STAR alliance and via the Middle East on QR, EK and EY. I think KL could work for AY if they work with MH. MH is short on connectivity into Europe at the moment and many travellers don't want to fly throu...

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by NZ321
Sun Feb 18, 2018 9:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2018
Replies: 324
Views: 18956

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2018

I imagine these sorts of technicalities to do with engine non-performance are written into the fine print of the contract.

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by NZ321
Sat Feb 17, 2018 2:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is Saudi Airlines the next customer for the 777X ?
Replies: 11
Views: 1646

Re: Is Saudi Airlines the next customer for the 777X ?

I doubt it. But I also don't consider i'd call it a fantastic year if this comes through. Just progress., With ET and SV that will be 2 orders after a dearth of orders. Good progress yes. But from the last two widely predicted customers. Whether further customers can be convinced remains to be seen....

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by NZ321
Sat Feb 17, 2018 2:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumour: NZ to fly AKL/DEN nonstop
Replies: 77
Views: 10252

Re: Rumour: NZ to fly AKL/DEN nonstop

The point about DEN would be that NZ market won't sustain it on it's own so it's about connectivity at AKL.

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by NZ321
Sat Feb 17, 2018 2:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2018
Replies: 324
Views: 18956

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2018

RR have to limit speculation and get a fix in place. Put a stop to rumour mill. Control the info flow. I'm not sure I've seen an official statement re the fix. But I've probably missed it

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by NZ321
Fri Feb 16, 2018 10:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumour: NZ to fly AKL/DEN nonstop
Replies: 77
Views: 10252

Re: Rumour: NZ to fly AKL/DEN nonstop

Not sure what they gain from DEN that the combo of LAX+IAH can't grant... other than performance issues on the westbound. :-/ DEN will gain them seamless access to the Rockies for winter and summer sports. Many prime spots do not have direct flights from LAX, SFO or IAH. But whether this in itself ...

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by NZ321
Thu Feb 15, 2018 3:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2018
Replies: 324
Views: 18956

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2018

As to the aforementioned PTY possibility by ZK-OJQ, I agree that PTY makes the most sense in Central America along with LIM in South America. Better than MEX. Copa have a superb network and frequency that they have capitalised on and this would be a more logical point than MEX given alliance connect...

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by NZ321
Thu Feb 15, 2018 2:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways to Resume Pakistan Flights - British High Commissioner
Replies: 50
Views: 7503

Re: British Airways to Resume Pakistan Flights - British High Commissioner

If any airline should return to Pakistan it is BA. The settled foreign Pakistani community is but one reason. Government and business interests another. And contrary to banter on various sites a consistent smattering of traffic that is not Y class. BA will be back in this market as soon as practical...

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by NZ321
Thu Feb 15, 2018 2:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Miscellaneous aircraft at KUL
Replies: 5
Views: 1053

Re: Miscellaneous aircraft at KUL

Derelict aircraft are not a good look for any airport that provides commercial operations. Let alone a major airport like KUL. Why do they allow these aircraft to to rot and decay while we all look on? Not a good look. KUL need to get their act together.

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by NZ321
Thu Feb 15, 2018 11:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways to Resume Pakistan Flights - British High Commissioner
Replies: 50
Views: 7503

Re: British Airways to Resume Pakistan Flights - British High Commissioner

I's be surprised if this is served by an A321 or 787. I think there is a truck load of capacity BA can pick up between Pakistan and the UK, not to mention Canada and the USA. Wouldn't be surprised if they put a 772 or 744 on the route. If the security issues are resolved, the route will fly.

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by NZ321
Thu Feb 15, 2018 11:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NCA and SIA to form strategic cargo partnership
Replies: 6
Views: 956

Re: NCA and SIA to form strategic cargo partnership

Is SIA Cargo in it for the long haul? That's the question. If they are, then they have a very aging fleet by Singapore standards and it's time they bit the bullet on fleet replacement. This one has clearly been on the backburner due to recent financial woes at SIA and its time they laid out a strate...

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by NZ321
Thu Feb 15, 2018 11:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2018
Replies: 324
Views: 18956

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2018

They won't need dual full length runways for another 50-60years, what they need is an alternative when maintenance, emergencies come around. Remove all the domestic traffic on the main runway and there's a heap of capacity in her. Just build it where it needs to be with the ability to extend when r...

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by NZ321
Wed Feb 14, 2018 3:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Miscellaneous aircraft at KUL
Replies: 5
Views: 1053

Miscellaneous aircraft at KUL

Hi there There are two 772s sitting adjacent the regional boarding area the past few months. Clearly some action. Obvious signs of maintenance. They are all white and carry the title Sudima Airlines or something similar. But there is no list in the Malaysian register for such aircraft. Planespotters...

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by NZ321
Wed Feb 14, 2018 1:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2018
Replies: 324
Views: 18956

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2018

Agree about CGK. Gees Planeman either you are in a different timezone or burning the midnight oil :)! Just not sure I see this as on NZ's radar and with Garuda's woes and it needing a widebody not sure who will do it. Love to see the passenger numbers between CGK and AKL via intermediate points. I s...

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by NZ321
Wed Feb 14, 2018 12:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2018
Replies: 324
Views: 18956

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2018

So with the A320 engine issues, would this delay NZ's fleet replacement and expansion? I think this is a possibility. Simply because the units they have at present are insufficient to fuel the expansion. Will be interesting to see how this unfolds. NZ could lease in additional short term capacity f...

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by NZ321
Wed Feb 14, 2018 12:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta wants to be the launch customer for 797
Replies: 171
Views: 23635

Re: Delta wants to be the launch customer for 797

DL has to be a prime candidate for the 797. I don't buy the Airbus BFF line really. History shows they will select the best aircraft for their needs and that this is beyond loyalty to one manufacturer. No reason why DL wouldn't operate the A330 Neo and 797 side by side. This might mean no 787 order ...

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by NZ321
Wed Feb 14, 2018 12:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2018
Replies: 324
Views: 18956

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2018

DPS is interesting. I arrived here today from KUL (my 25th visit to Bali due to family reasons) and the new airport terminal was chocka block full. Not a single gate available other than the one we docked at which we had to wait a couple of minutes for. EK, BR, CI, QR, TG, AK, SQ among the widebodie...

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by NZ321
Tue Feb 13, 2018 2:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A350-1000 Demonstration Tour Middle East Asia Q1 2018.
Replies: 39
Views: 7768

Re: A350-1000 Demonstration Tour Middle East Asia Q1 2018.

Let's get an Air NZ order in the bag, would be a coup. Wonderful aircraft, nice config. Mathes their long term needs nicely. Not holding my breath. But fingers crossed.

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by NZ321
Tue Feb 13, 2018 2:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: QR plans to announce 10 new routes along with a loss for this year, working on variation on Qsuites for A380's and 787's
Replies: 62
Views: 12523

Re: QR plans to announce 10 new routes along with a loss for this year, working on variation on Qsuites for A380's and 7

The value of F on is vastly overestimated IMHO. The more airlines that ditch it the more the arguments stack up that it doesn't make sense to allocate that amount of real estate on the plane to first. Especially given that suites is knocking on the door. As for 10 new destinations, anyone hazard a g...

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by NZ321
Tue Feb 13, 2018 2:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2018
Replies: 324
Views: 18956

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2018

Any pics of last night's visit? Love to see the A35K at AKL.

As to Planeman's comments above re leisure destinations I tend to agree, that a complementary service to CTS or NGO or LAS (or similar) could be a worthwhile investment.

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by NZ321
Tue Feb 13, 2018 10:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JFK / SFO bay development
Replies: 83
Views: 7407

Re: JFK / SFO bay development

Surely with some landfill at OAK the opportunities are significant. Why should SFO expand into the harbour further than it has when there is land to spare? OAK could add another significant (international and domestic) terminal to the mix in San Francisco Bay. Then people wouldn't have to trek acro...

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by NZ321
Tue Feb 13, 2018 9:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2018
Replies: 324
Views: 18956

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2018

I'm inclined to think we may see another destination a la DPS and SGN since these have worked well. Perhaps HKT? It has been suggested before.

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by NZ321
Mon Feb 12, 2018 4:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada new livery update
Replies: 117
Views: 25769

Re: Air Canada new livery update

Can't say I like the new livery. Comes in just an inch above the recent Lufthansa disappointment. Come on guys, this isn't rocket science. Retro in this sense seems naff. If you want to strike out beyond a livery that ain't broken then do something a little more innovative and of the times. These ar...

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by NZ321
Mon Feb 12, 2018 3:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2018
Replies: 324
Views: 18956

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2018

Interesting indeed. Like to know more. Is this a pay the money and your passengers access the priority lane initiative or something else?

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by NZ321
Mon Feb 12, 2018 3:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JFK / SFO bay development
Replies: 83
Views: 7407

Re: JFK / SFO bay development

Surely with some landfill at OAK the opportunities are significant. Why should SFO expand into the harbour further than it has when there is land to spare? OAK could add another significant (international and domestic) terminal to the mix in San Francisco Bay. Then people wouldn't have to trek acros...

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by NZ321
Mon Feb 12, 2018 10:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus stops accepting PW1100G engines
Replies: 206
Views: 38541

Re: Airbus stops accepting PW1100G engines

Would be good to know this

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by NZ321
Mon Feb 12, 2018 10:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2018
Replies: 324
Views: 18956

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2018

Agreed that in the current environment NZ could use 77L at the available price particularly with said expansion plans and interest in ULH flying. However, given it could be a short term measure until arrival of 778 or A359 perhaps it would make more sense to lease.

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by NZ321
Mon Feb 12, 2018 10:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2018
Replies: 324
Views: 18956

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2018

I am all for the joint venture with HX on the route. Keeps possibilities alive. If HX were to withdraw then it might be a different matter. I think it is a good thing that carriers are forming joint ventures across alliances.

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by NZ321
Mon Feb 12, 2018 9:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2018
Replies: 324
Views: 18956

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2018

Aren't the Etihad 77L ex Air India?

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by NZ321
Sun Feb 11, 2018 3:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2018
Replies: 324
Views: 18956

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2018

Well Airbus has now stopped accepting GTFs from Pratt which throws a spanner in the works for NZ I would imagine. This could get interesting.....

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by NZ321
Sun Feb 11, 2018 9:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2018
Replies: 324
Views: 18956

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2018

Emergency airworthiness directive on PW GTF A320 out today, I wonder how this will impact NZ's timeline if at all on the A320 Neo.

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by NZ321
Sat Feb 10, 2018 12:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2018
Replies: 324
Views: 18956

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2018

Planesman's map lists possible feed from EZE. As far as I know, Avianca does not have an Argentina division so feed is via Aerolineas Argentinas. I still think there is an opportunity for NZ to pick up a STAR destination like GRU or LIM. I wonder how long it will be for EZE to reach daily year-round.

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by NZ321
Fri Feb 09, 2018 3:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2018
Replies: 324
Views: 18956

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2018

This may sound crazy, in the face of all we know about NZ's strategy, so I am fully prepared to be shot down in flames. But I am curious... what about an LHR route via the Americas. Lima, Buenos Aires, or Mexico City? Given that traffic from some points, to NZ alone, may be less than what justifies ...

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by NZ321
Thu Feb 08, 2018 3:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Star Alliance CEO thinks of integrating Low Cost Carriers
Replies: 40
Views: 5226

Re: Star Alliance CEO thinks of integrating Low Cost Carriers

Agree Star IS overcrowded. They should focus on quality and consistency over volume. The former needs work. Or go ahead as they may wish and then the opportunity is there for OneWorld or Skyteam to take or another Alliance to emerge. The whole point of alliances is consistency in interline and feed....

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by NZ321
Thu Feb 08, 2018 11:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Asiana celebrates 30th anniversary; refocus more on longhaul flying
Replies: 37
Views: 4827

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

For hubbing and premium yields a year round service would work better with seasonal fluctuation. Say daily in summer and 3-4 weekly in off season. Much like Thai has done. With the Star link with NZ this is an opportunity. KE has no such links.

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by NZ321
Thu Feb 08, 2018 11:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emergency exit door falls off upon touchdown
Replies: 13
Views: 5151

Re: Emergency exit door falls off upon touchdown

No it just means you have read enough about aviation in Nigeria to know the pattern. Especially for this airline.

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by NZ321
Thu Feb 08, 2018 11:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Singapore Airlines 787-10 configuration revealed, first routes SIN-BKK, KUL and KIX
Replies: 12
Views: 4284

Re: Singapore Airlines 787-10 configuration revealed, first routes SIN-BKK, KUL and KIX

787-10 will replace 773s initially IMHO and some regional 772s and A333s to build capacity on regional flying.
9 abreast Y as expected.
Agree with comments above that we will likely see this aircraft deployed to Australia alongside A380.

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by NZ321
Thu Feb 08, 2018 11:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2018
Replies: 324
Views: 18956

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2018

Sure, I agree the markets are different although the local markets were bigger 20 years ago than today still. I'm not sure how this is relevant? - Lower volumes today do not necessarily equate to lower yields - quality, not quantity, is what matters for profitable and sustainable tourism. - Demand ...

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by NZ321
Wed Feb 07, 2018 5:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2018
Replies: 324
Views: 18956

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2018

Does the A321 Neo LR have the range for AKL-DPS, AKL-MNL or AKL-HNL? Not that I am expecting NZ to go this way but curious to know.

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by NZ321
Mon Feb 05, 2018 3:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why does UA fly the 757 to LHR?
Replies: 64
Views: 11049

Re: Why does UA fly the 757 to LHR?

And why just ask this question for UA (or DL or just TATL to LHR)? Shouldn’t the question apply to any airline serving LHR since the slot are so expensive, wheather it’s intraEuropean or intercontinental? It’s just a matter of right sizing, same reason LH doesn’t fly A380s to LHR is the same Reason...

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by NZ321
Mon Feb 05, 2018 3:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas defines ULR requirements, delays order decision
Replies: 157
Views: 19909

Re: Qantas defines ULR requirements, delays order decision

I think QF will go 778X and hope NZ will go A359/A35K. I see both of these decisions as logical. As to what pans out... we will have to wait and see.

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by NZ321
Mon Feb 05, 2018 3:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: Air New Zealand to announce Chicago
Replies: 46
Views: 8515

Re: Rumor: Air New Zealand to announce Chicago

Cockpit and systems commonality aside, IMHO it's time for NZ to seize the moment and take the A350 and reclaim their status as a leading airline with a respectable service in all classes. That distinction has been sadly lost. I've done NZ 772 in economy once and I vowed after 11 hours on that jet I'...

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by NZ321
Mon Feb 05, 2018 3:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH introduces revised livery
Replies: 1080
Views: 193680

Re: LH introduces revised livery

I have to say this is a BIG disappointment. Quite dated at point of release. The old livery had achieved a timeless state. Why fix what ain't broken? The yellow is missing. The tail colours extending to the lower fuselage are dated. The underbelly paint is too straight and lacks style. Fussy. All in...

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by NZ321
Mon Feb 05, 2018 2:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Singapore Air Show 6-9 FEB 2018
Replies: 56
Views: 14308

Re: Singapore Air Show 6-9 FEB 2018

LOVE to see some CS series orders for Oceania. Bring it on. Candidates?

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by NZ321
Sun Feb 04, 2018 3:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: Air New Zealand to announce Chicago
Replies: 46
Views: 8515

Re: Rumor: Air New Zealand to announce Chicago

IAH opens the gateway to central America and Mexico and the northern part of South America in a way that LAX and EZE do not and neither does ORD. So that will be a factor in the mix. I wouldn't jump to conclusions that IAH is gone just because ORD may begin. This doesn't seem to fit the long thin st...

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by NZ321
Sat Feb 03, 2018 3:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2018
Replies: 324
Views: 18956

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2018

The longer they leave it the more chance other airlines will snap up the 2020 slots... surely?

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by NZ321
Fri Feb 02, 2018 3:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Asia may swap entire a330neo order to a350
Replies: 148
Views: 27515

Re: Air Asia may swap entire a330neo order to a350

I really doubt the whole Air Asia long range plan. It has had little or no success to date. Long haul carriers discount seats to fill the cabin and offer superior levels of comfort. How will Air Asia get a leg in here when it has failed in the past? If Fernandes wants more jets and more capacity the...

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