V2fix From New Zealand, joined Mar 2003, 368 posts, RR: 3 Posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2199 times:
As reported on an earlier topic the new A320s ordered by Air New Zealand (15 ordered) commence operations (according to Air NZ web site) on the 26th October on the AKL-SYD sector.
I was surprised to see that all direct flights that day are all A320s (except NZ105 which is still a 763 operation), so ...
Why does an airline wait until it has a batch of new planes before starting to use them (ie. why not use them as soon as they are delivered - why wait until you have 4 or 5?) Is this marketing/branding for a service relaunch ?
Just for the record the first A320 out of CHC are scheduled for the 1st December, presumably a later batch of deliveries.
No other indication is given on their web site of when the A320's will replace the other 762 services (NAN, RAR, APIA etc). The 762s are still shown as operating these sectors out until May 2004.
ZK-NBT From New Zealand, joined Oct 2000, 5193 posts, RR: 11
Reply 1, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2168 times:
The first 3 aircraft are all delivered in SEPT/OCT, I have heard that they will be used on proving flights before OCT 26, not sure where they will go though.
SYD will have 4 A320's and 1 763 from AKL daily.
Also because it is a totally new type to the airline they won't enter service straight away.
For CHC I they will only fly to SYD for a start on the 2 daily flights so these will wbe done by 1 aircraft.