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by zkncj
Mon Jan 14, 2019 2:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - January 2019
Replies: 119
Views: 15158

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - January 2019

165 if correct is 3 less than the current A320Rs have (and 6 less than the A320D) which does seem a bit strange. Probably means they are going with an bulkhead at 1ABC (like they have with the A321N) unlike the 320D/R which have no bulkhead at 1ABC. With the A320NEO's mainly being for the non-ex AK...

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by zkncj
Sun Jan 13, 2019 1:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2019
Replies: 283
Views: 34488

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2019

Spat between PAPL and QF continues Interesting "Qantas group executive for government affairs Andrew Parker told an inquiry into the economic regulation of airports that “no one benefits” from the dispute over aeronautical fees. He said Perth Airport’s actions last year had “already put WA’s t...

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by zkncj
Fri Jan 11, 2019 3:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - January 2019
Replies: 119
Views: 15158

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - January 2019

A post on the NZ Aviation Group on Facebook shows ZK-MCO painted with a green tail. Seems to be going to Air Chathams. Air Chathams are taking over the Alliance Airways F50 operations for Taurick Tours. -MCO will operate those services An ATR 72-500 could enable there AKL-NLK service to happen too....

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by zkncj
Wed Jan 09, 2019 7:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2019
Replies: 283
Views: 34488

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2019

Qantas737 wrote:
JQ 788s don't have crew rests and as far as I know are quite unique as a result.


What does JQ do for crew resets on MEL-HNL then?

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by zkncj
Wed Jan 09, 2019 8:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2019
Replies: 283
Views: 34488

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2019

aviationaware wrote:
With the A321LR replacing the 788 on some routes for JQ, where will the resulting slack be scheduled to? Are any details known yet?


Maybe USA mainland but via an secondary route e.g. MEL-AKL-LAX or MEL-NAN-LAX etc so not to directly compete with QF.

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by zkncj
Tue Jan 08, 2019 7:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - January 2019
Replies: 119
Views: 15158

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - January 2019

[quote="NTLDaz" I'm interested to know why they are in Nelson. As in I know they are surplus to VA requirements but why choose Nelson ?[/quote] NZ has the heavy maintenance contract for VA's ATR fleet, hence why the withdrawn ATR's are sitting at one stage there was about 7 of them parked ...

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by zkncj
Mon Jan 07, 2019 9:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA A380 LGW to MNL
Replies: 22
Views: 7084

Re: BA A380 LGW to MNL

Shame BA couldn't have sold a few tickets for the hop from LHR to LGW , that would have been something, one of the shortest A380 revenue flights ever... But oh well.. SYD-CHC-SYD on EK would be one of the shortest at around 3hours, before that SYD-AKL-SYD, BNE-AKL-BNE and MEL-AKL-MEL too which we'r...

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by zkncj
Sun Jan 06, 2019 6:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - January 2019
Replies: 119
Views: 15158

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - January 2019

NYKiwi wrote:
AIAL will need to speed up there plans as there will be alot of aircraft in the NZ fleet lol.


Any NZ fleet order will need to come with an order of buses and stairs for AKL.

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by zkncj
Fri Jan 04, 2019 10:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Do you think OneWorld lacks of a big Chinese airline?
Replies: 18
Views: 3631

Re: Do you think OneWorld lacks of a big Chinese airline?

Alliances aren’t an end all, and if people wouldn’t travel some were they couldn’t get an flight on there preferred Alliance that is pretty sad, and probably missing the whole point about being able to travel. For example my Primary FF programme is *A and followed by Onewolrd, but I’m not going to l...

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by zkncj
Fri Jan 04, 2019 10:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - January 2019
Replies: 119
Views: 15158

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - January 2019

2- A220's to service NZ (by anyone, especially domestically!!! - OMG The A220-300 might have an chance once they look at replacing the ZK-OX* A320 fleet in a couple of years time, the recent additional 7x 321NEO’s that we’re added to the order for Domestic could signal an change long time in the do...

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by zkncj
Fri Jan 04, 2019 6:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2019
Replies: 283
Views: 34488

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2019

[] This is intriguing- I took RE to possibly mean Regional Express. Bit extreme but they need to start thinking of SAAB replacements soon I fly ZL regularly and the 340's are getting old. An E-jet may work on their heavier trafficked routes. I fly them to ONG 5 or 6 times a year. Has anyone else on...

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by zkncj
Tue Jan 01, 2019 10:21 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Longest & shortest routes in airline networks
Replies: 42
Views: 2314

Re: Longest & shortest routes in airline networks

pbm wrote:
aldrigsomandre wrote:
zkncj wrote:
Shorttest: WLG-BHE 87km (Q300)


Why?


It’s between two islands


Without the flights it would be 4hour ferry ride, then around an hour on windy roads to BHE from where the ferry docks.

It’s an pretty popular route operating around 5x daily.

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by zkncj
Tue Jan 01, 2019 7:11 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Longest & shortest routes in airline networks
Replies: 42
Views: 2314

Re: Longest & shortest routes in airline networks

NZ

Longest: AKL-ORD 13,170km (787-9)
Shorttest: WLG-BHE 87km (Q300)

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by zkncj
Tue Jan 01, 2019 7:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2019
Replies: 283
Views: 34488

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2019

Obzerva wrote:
VA to announce a new route to take advantage of the MAX capabilities (I’ll go out on a massive limb - a 2/3 days a week seasonal DRW-HKG - so long as the HX agreement stay in place)
?


Even an 2-3x weekly PER-AKL/WLG/CHC with 737MAX could be an posbility.

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by zkncj
Mon Dec 31, 2018 8:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018
Replies: 320
Views: 45362

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018

bunumuring wrote:
Hey guys,
Any info on N777UK, the private 777 spotted in Sydney and Canberra the past couple of days?
Cheers,
Bunumuring


It was in AKL for Christmas/Boxing Day.

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by zkncj
Sun Dec 30, 2018 10:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - December 2018
Replies: 227
Views: 24846

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - December 2018

Has anyone heard how Auckland to Newcastle is going on VA? Most of the flights I have seen have been light with between 30 and 60 passengers, I did see them climb to around 100-120 for a couple of flights just before Christmas. Make what you will from that. Sounds like we probably wont see if retur...

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by zkncj
Sat Dec 29, 2018 6:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - December 2018
Replies: 227
Views: 24846

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - December 2018

Has anyone heard how Auckland to Newcastle is going on VA?

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by zkncj
Thu Dec 27, 2018 6:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - December 2018
Replies: 227
Views: 24846

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - December 2018

.. And waiting until the mid 2020s for a new J product is a serious mistake, though wouldn't surprise me from a monopsonistic carrier like NZ. They've sown up the domestic market and frequent flyer base that will tolerate for the time being. But that's the kind of complacency that sees you relegate...

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by zkncj
Thu Dec 27, 2018 3:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - December 2018
Replies: 227
Views: 24846

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - December 2018

Yes, NZ's fleet is in need of a refresh and has been for some time - both in terms of contemporary functionality and wear & tear; but if you're going to be loyal to any particular carrier you'll discover that over your traveling lifetime you'll regularly be sitting in a seat that seems well pas...

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by zkncj
Wed Dec 26, 2018 6:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - December 2018
Replies: 227
Views: 24846

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - December 2018

Has anyone else notice over the last 12 months how the cabin condition on NZ aircraft is getting extremely run down?

Example the J cabins on the 77E’s are shocking and need an totally refurb.

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by zkncj
Tue Dec 25, 2018 12:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B787 RR engine replacements
Replies: 52
Views: 11081

Re: B787 RR engine replacements

For NZ it is currently: ZK-NZF del - Sept 2014 ZK-NZJ del - Sept 2017 ZK-NZC del - Aug 2015 Its typically 3-5 787-9's out of service at time for NZ, the bigger issue is the 789 current is unable to operate some key routes its meant to be on like AKL-EZE. Hence they have currently dry-leased 2x 77Es ...

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by zkncj
Fri Dec 21, 2018 7:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: No retirements of LH A320s in 2018
Replies: 37
Views: 6591

Re: No retirements of LH A320s in 2018

How does LH make an A320 last 29 years? Which surely allot of that must of been short-haul high flying cycles? They must have to invest allot on up keep Maitiance to keep them going?

When you get some airlines that are already replacing A320CEO’s that are only 8-9 years old for new A320s

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by zkncj
Wed Dec 19, 2018 7:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - December 2018
Replies: 227
Views: 24846

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - December 2018

LamboAston wrote:
A note from one of the NZ A320 pilots I was recently talking to - OAB has had more cycles now than OJA, due to the short domestic hops it does.


OAB and its 3x siblings are already planned to be replaced around 2020-21 with A321NEO's.

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by zkncj
Mon Dec 17, 2018 4:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018
Replies: 320
Views: 45362

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018

https://www.virginaustralia.com/au/en/experience/service-experience/compensation/ $220 per night for accom + $50 for meals + reasonable personal items (I assume jocks and socks) Sounds quite reasonable, but in extreme weather events thousands are scrambling for rooms and hotels will charge rack rat...

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by zkncj
Sun Dec 16, 2018 7:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018
Replies: 320
Views: 45362

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2018

I don't recall seeing this mentioned - SQ downgauging one MEL service: https://www.routesonline.com/news/38/airlineroute/282006/singapore-airlines-s19-a380-service-adjustment-as-of-13dec18/ Hadn’t even realised the SQ 380 had come back to MEL. Doesn’t this happen every year? The A380 flies during N...

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by zkncj
Fri Dec 14, 2018 4:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - December 2018
Replies: 227
Views: 24846

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - December 2018

https://www.routesonline.com/news/38/airlineroute/281938/air-new-zealand-ns19-san-francisco-frequency-changes/ Most likely due to UA going year round, albeit 3 weekly with a 772 in NS. Could be NZ are short of capacity aswell, although for NS I’d say they are ok for the most part. The 77W/77E fleet...

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by zkncj
Sat Dec 08, 2018 4:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - December 2018
Replies: 227
Views: 24846

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - December 2018

Didn't see that you had posted this as I hadn't refreshed my page. My apologies. All good. I can’t say I saw that coming but it will replace the second seasonal SQ service that is 3 weekly, so a 5 weekly 789 is a nice little increase, looks like a code 2? Certainly not where i expected those to go....

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by zkncj
Sat Dec 08, 2018 3:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air NZ engineers vote to strike Dec. 21
Replies: 7
Views: 1065

Re: Air NZ engineers vote to strike Dec. 21

This part of the world lurching to far to the right for my liking and the workers are not getting fair compensation and conditions. How? NZ's line engineers are already some of the most expensive in the world. You have an lone engineer on around $100,000NZD/year so approximately $54/hour, so they a...

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by zkncj
Wed Dec 05, 2018 6:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - December 2018
Replies: 227
Views: 24846

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - December 2018

I guess that is always possible, though the focus seems to be on AKL. Despite what NZ has said I think the main focus may be FIFO traffic, there is a definite increase in mining traffic out of PER in recent months, new projects are coming online while there are others in construction mode, there is...

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by zkncj
Wed Dec 05, 2018 5:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - December 2018
Replies: 227
Views: 24846

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - December 2018

I'd be disappointed if they can't attract JQ and VA, capturing not just HLZ but people from around the wider Bay of Plenty & Waikato area (TRG/ROT etc)... as long as it can compete with AKL on fares. HLZ used to have VA services to either BNE or SYD? can't remember what it was. In the past HLZ ...

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by zkncj
Wed Dec 05, 2018 5:16 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: The most disconnected Alliance member?
Replies: 19
Views: 4540

Re: The most disconnected Alliance member?

NZ used to be pretty bad (although they have just broken up with VA, but replaced that with QF).

They have an pretty tight partnership with CX on AKL-HKG, then of course they are friends with FJ,TN,VS. Also they website is happy to book you onto AF,KL,VS,BA etc between Europe and Asia.

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by zkncj
Sat Dec 01, 2018 5:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air New Zealand’s Inaugural AKL-ORD Flight is Airborne!
Replies: 55
Views: 11260

Re: Air New Zealand’s Inaugural AKL-ORD Flight is Airborne!

flyingdoc787 wrote:
Would AKL ever consider having a USCIS Pre-clearance facility? If they do, then connecting in ORD (or any other US gateway) would become a breeze!


Its probably about time it could make pre-clearance worth it, AKL now has

AKL-HNL NZ/HA
AKL-LAX NZ/AA
AKL-SFO NZ/UA
AKL-IAH NZ
AKL-ORD NZ

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by zkncj
Sat Nov 24, 2018 4:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - November 2018
Replies: 338
Views: 32379

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - November 2018

I was surprised with the SQ premium eco, seat pitch did not seem as good as NZ and some garish colours, the large IFE screen was pretty good though. The food wasn't bad but came on plastic plates so again the quality of the experience did not stack up to NZ. The small drinks ledge was annoying by n...

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by zkncj
Sun Nov 18, 2018 4:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - November 2018
Replies: 338
Views: 32379

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - November 2018

Steve Biddle of traveltalk.nz is suggesting Air NZ could order the 787-10 "before Christmas". https://traveltalk.nz/news-opinion/are-air-new-zealand-about-to-announce-theyre-purchasing-the-boeing-787-10/ Steve is usually well informed, but sometimes not fully informed. Three months ago Ai...

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by zkncj
Sun Nov 18, 2018 7:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fleet and use of the Boeing 787 of LATAM Chile
Replies: 9
Views: 1917

Re: Fleet and use of the Boeing 787 of LATAM Chile

I have doubts about their use of the LA Boeing 787 have too much and are used in few routes, I do not understand because they were in need of leasing other aircraft with the problems they had with the engines of the B787, if they do not use their B787 maximum as airlines such as Air New Zealand and...

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by zkncj
Fri Nov 16, 2018 4:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - November 2018
Replies: 338
Views: 32379

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - November 2018

For those in the previous thread who stated that the QF J hard product in the 738 is not up to standard, I offer a different opinion. For three hour Trans Tasman flights, much like the NZ 767s, the recliner seat is actually quite comfortable (I prefer it to the hearing bone if I'm not sleeping) and...

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by zkncj
Fri Nov 16, 2018 7:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2018
Replies: 338
Views: 46228

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2018

Just saw on FB that Newcastle Airport won the Major Airport of the Year Award from Australian Airports Association. Not sure what it means - maybe everyone gets a turn :) They must be seriously widening the goal posts for "major airport" if an airport only handles 1.25million pax a year. ...

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by zkncj
Thu Nov 15, 2018 7:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2018
Replies: 338
Views: 46228

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2018

Seems like half of Melbourne is covered in Virgin AUS -> NZ advertisements promoting their trans-tasman all inclusive offering. Sydney as well. In saying that there's a few marketing campaigns going at the moment, namely NZ, EY and UA however not as prominent as VA, especially with that ugly font t...

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by zkncj
Tue Nov 13, 2018 9:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - November 2018
Replies: 338
Views: 32379

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - November 2018

aerorobnz wrote:
ZK-OKM by the look of it on flight radar. This will have an impact on the operation for at least the time until it is fixed


Surely will atlesst be couple of days for repair? Wonder if we could see some wet-leases for the next week? That is if they can get someone that has an spare plane.

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by zkncj
Sat Nov 10, 2018 1:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: D7 drops AKL
Replies: 23
Views: 4389

Re: D7 drops AKL

c933103 wrote:
For $1000 return that probably mean it's even more expensive than trans-pacific flights?


Trans-pacific flights average out around $1400NZD return, you'll get the odd deals to say LAX for $1100NZD return but extremely limited. Two years ago AKL-LAX for $2200NZD return was an good deal...

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by zkncj
Fri Nov 09, 2018 11:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: D7 drops AKL
Replies: 23
Views: 4389

Re: D7 drops AKL

... when you've got full service Chineses based airlines constantly offering AKL-Asia for around $600 return, is there really the need for an AKL-Asia LCC market? China is very different to SE Asia - and yes, I believe there is a market for an LCC to SE Asia, as fares on most carriers for AKL - SE ...

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by zkncj
Fri Nov 09, 2018 11:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: D7 drops AKL
Replies: 23
Views: 4389

Re: D7 drops AKL

You have to wonder why they didn't drop it down to 3x or 4x weekly from daily, or make it seasonal (NW), before deciding to axe AKL completely? Cheers, C. Or even replace it with a direct AKL service? although guess there crammed in A330s don't have the legs to make AKL with an decent passenger loa...

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by zkncj
Fri Nov 09, 2018 6:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2018
Replies: 338
Views: 46228

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2018

If OOL needs the extra capacity, the all Y A321neo with the LCC BoB service may suffice. And if OOL-AKL really needs extra seats - theres nothing to stop JQ upgrading OOL-AKL to an A321. If say in an years time you had NZ,VA,JQ all operating the below daily - NZ A321NEO - 214Y JQ A221 - 220U VA 738...

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by zkncj
Fri Nov 09, 2018 3:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - November 2018
Replies: 338
Views: 32379

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - November 2018

Why? AKL-PER loads has been on steady decline since Sep 2016 despite a significant reduction in capacity over that period. Its a very soft market at the moment so I dont know why people are obsessed that QF or VA should fly it. It's still flown daily by NZ with an 789, thats up from an few years ba...

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by zkncj
Fri Nov 09, 2018 1:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2018
Replies: 338
Views: 46228

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2018

D7 dropping OOL - AKL from February, in what should be a boost to NZ, JQ and VA who operate the route. Time for NZ to introduce WB jets on AKL-OOL (as they have with ADL) in order to offer an all-the-way wide-body service from OOL to North and South America. Would OOL-AKL really have much demand fo...

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by zkncj
Fri Nov 09, 2018 1:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - November 2018
Replies: 338
Views: 32379

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - November 2018

I have also been keeping an eye out on the numbers on PER-AKL and would say they are a bit lower now than what they were before with VA codesharing on the route. I do not think it is all one way as some suggest. Could maybe see VA start PER-AKL with the 737-8MAX? if they do go with an configuration...

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by zkncj
Thu Nov 08, 2018 7:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2018
Replies: 338
Views: 46228

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2018

D7 dropping OOL - AKL from February, in what should be a boost to NZ, JQ and VA who operate the route. . NZ937/938 AKL-OOL-AKL appears to be going to an A321NEO from January, so that should help pickup some of the slack? although at times D7 has been selling AKL-OOL between $89-129 so hardly passen...

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by zkncj
Thu Nov 08, 2018 6:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: D7 drops AKL
Replies: 23
Views: 4389

Re: D7 drops AKL

No one can make an profit doing AKL-ASIA (via OOL) for $199NZD, so wonder why this flight is ending....

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by zkncj
Thu Nov 01, 2018 6:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - November 2018
Replies: 338
Views: 32379

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - November 2018

Flew over to Brisbane from Auckland yesterday morning with VA and yes the flight was half full but according to the crew their return flight back to Auckland was full...... is this a case of Australians being loyal to an Australian carrier and the same goes for New Zealanders and their national car...

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by zkncj
Tue Oct 30, 2018 11:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2018
Replies: 471
Views: 34791

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2018

... A321/320NEO'S which will have an much improved hard product. In many cases, the hard product is being downgraded (e.g. minimum seat pitch down from 76cm to 74cm). In the case of the AC power socket, that's not changing - " none of Air New Zealand's Airbus A321neo seats are fitted with an A...

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