Zkpilot wrote:ZK-NBT wrote:Zkpilot wrote:Have heard that NZ will be doing YVR 787 as previously mentioned but is simply waiting on regulatory approval.
IAH will be with the new 789 premium config (code 78N)
SFO will likely go 78N
LAX to remain 77W
reconfig on the 77W is going ahead nicely and despite having more premium economy seats the new premium economy weighs approximately half a ton less than the old space seats which is a very significant weight saving (especially when considering more seats are being put in).
Regulatory approval? Or more 789's? I'm guessing the 302 seater could make YVR-AKL with full pax and some freight?
They are at this stage getting 4 78N's as you call them, personally I think they could end up with 23-25 787's with 10-12 777X's, maybe 778's with a similar capacity to the 77W to be used to LAX and ULH? 78N's to SFO is interesting, 77W's to IAH when this happens? Or HKG?
No 772's planned to leave anytime soon, reconfigure more for leisure use with less premium more economy? Fuel burn would be higher and might make a difference on longer sectors like PVG to profitability, all good when full but low season.
Maybe the 772's more on shorter routes like PER/HNL maybe SIN in current configuration where fuel burn difference isn't a noticeable, a couple of current 789's reconfigured to more 78N to allow YVR/SFO to go 78N?
3 77W's done, taking a break on refits for a few weeks during school holidays, remaining 4 should be complete by peak season starting December.
Those were the words used... I'm not too sure what in particular needs to be approved. Perhaps they meant the new configuration needs to have the standard approval from the CAA here?
Yes there will be 4x 78N as per current order book.
Destinations for them will be IAH, YVR, SFO and even possibly EZE since apparently NZ is getting a lot of business traffic. Now the first 3 would take up 5 frames between them so I'm not quite sure what the plan is there. Certainly during peak periods we could see some up gauging to 77E. I think the 77E will be spending more time doing Japan flights with total flights there going to KIX x3, HND x3, NRT x10.
Other thing is that NZ is still keen on MNL but the problem is at the MNL end (government I think).
So yeah some exciting times ahead for NZ.
I also noticed that the Argentina government has back flipped and wants most international flights to go into EZE rather than the other airport. Should give NZ more connection options to South America and through to Europe.
MNL or the country in general seems to have been a bit unstable lately, not sure NZ will go there anytime soon?
The 77E went to NRT last year, it was more because it gave them more flexibility and they didn't have enough 789's, HND gets it this year but it spends 16hrs on the ground, better to use the 789's elsewhere where utilisation is higher, again they had plenty of slack in the 772 fleet so HND and HNL needed to change over to free up 789's to go elsewhere. Pretty sure NRT is daily with the extra 3 flights going to HND unless NRT increases aswell, there was a comment a while back saying they were interested in increasing KIX, nothing so far.