Does anyone know which 787 is scheduled to operate NZ282 tomorrow night (14th)? I'm really hoping for ZK-NZC or NZE...or maybe NZD.
Had an interesting bus-gate experience recently! Arriving into Auckland on an EK A380, the flight was quite late (2-3 hrs) for a few reasons. Because of this we missed our gate and got a hard stand instead (18 or 19 IIRC). Sadly they were only using a single bus (the one with 64 on the side - I remember this because it was the only one that could be seen through the nosewheel camera) to unload the aircraft which meant that for me, seated in the rearmost economy cabin, it was a 55 minute wait between the aircraft stopping at the gate and boarding the bus to the international terminal. Very frustrating, though the view of the wing as you go down the airstairs off the A380 is pretty cool.
I'm not yet convinced that the 778 (like the A358) will see the light of day, and the 779 is too big for NZ
Glad I'm not the only one who shares those views on the 779. IMO its probably too much capacity for the short haul services to SYD/BNE/MEL/NAN/RAR etc and that's before we get to the 77X's compromised economics on shorter distance routes.
I really hope you're right about the airline ordering A350-1000s one day. As I keep moaning about in many of the 777x threads, the 777-8X is an aircraft for government subsidized airlines and will, in all probability, be ridiculously uncompetitive against A350s & 787s on short and mid haul routes. I can't see it working for Air New Zealand.
With JQ operating the A320 it wouldn't be hard for QF to transition to them. It has been rumoured that they are considering doing so (and they have a huge amount of options for them) since the A320 for the most part is a better aircraft for passenger experience (and for most airlines perspectives as well - baggage cans etc). The A321 is a pretty amazing aircraft from a CASM viewpoint. QF does have those A380 orders to get rid of and you can guarantee that Airbus wouldn't let them out of that easily.
Airbus know that the A321neo would be highly sought after for Qantas and probably a shoe-in as a future narrowbody for the airline (either to replace the entire 737-8 fleet or just a sub-fleet of a dozen or two aircraft). As such I don't think they would make it too easy for Qantas to shift their A380 orders/deposits to A321neos. Much wiser for Airbus to try and make Qantas convert their A380 orders to A350s. It isn't by any means a certainty that A350s will enter the Qantas fleet, but since they're under evaluation right now a little pressure with regards to the A380 deposits will hopefully be enough to result in a conversion.
If QF did then so too would JC
Yes, but after many years.
Regarding JC, it's likely that they'll get another 737-8 from mainline sometimes soon.