Flybynight From Norway, joined Jul 2003, 992 posts, RR: 3 Posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks ago) and read 2161 times:
Taking a little vacation in the South Pacific. As nice as Air New Zealand probably is (never flown with them), I was hoping for something besides a 763 from LA. Don't get me wrong, the 763 is a wonderful plane, and I'm a big fan of the 2-3-2 seating, but I would have prefered a 744 or a 330/340.
I don't think there are PTV's in coach. Can anyone confirm?
HNLFlyboy From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 321 posts, RR: 2 Reply 1, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks ago) and read 2132 times:
Are you flying into Roratonga? If you are, why not try AQ out of HNL? It's nothing fancy, a 73NG, but I bet it would be fun. Besides, wouldn't you have to fly to into Auckland and transfer? If I were you, I'd go LAX-HNL, spend a day here, and then continue onto the Cook Islands, and come back through the same way. Are you near SNA by chance? If you are, you can even take AQ directly from there to HNL. I'd price it a couple of ways.
Flybynight From Norway, joined Jul 2003, 992 posts, RR: 3 Reply 2, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks ago) and read 2117 times:
Actually, I believe Air New Zealand's flight is direct from LAX to Roratonga; hence the 763. If I had to actually fly to New Zealand, I believe it would be on a 744 (at least it would be out of San Fran). I'd prefer not to go through Hawaii on AQ. That would require an extra stop. 737 is the plane I have flown on the most over the years, so that's not too exciting.
The package tours use Air New Zealand anyway, so I don't have a heck of a lot of choices.
HNLFlyboy From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 321 posts, RR: 2 Reply 3, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks ago) and read 2097 times:
Ok, that's kewl FbN. I didn't know you were on a package...yes, that really limits your choices. I would take a 744 over an 763 any day, but a 744 is really becoming a "flagship" aircraft for many airlines and used on the appropriate routes. Out of HNL, only a few of the Asian carriers, JL and KI use them. While not a flagship route, they use them to here for capacity purposes. UA used to on their NRT and KIX routes, but have changed over to T7's.
Please post a trip report when you get back. Sounds like a fun trip!
Pilottim747 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1607 posts, RR: 5 Reply 4, posted (9 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2040 times:
The flight to RAR is from LAX on a B763 but it does make a stop in PPT first. It's a 9hr flight to PPT, then an extra 2hrs from PPT.
Boeing 747-400s are very nice aircraft and I could see why you'd want to be on one for long-haul. Air NZs Boeing 767-300s aren't bad, however. I personally really like the 2-3-2 seating of the 767. Service is the same on both aircraft.
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777ER From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 11318 posts, RR: 17 Reply 5, posted (9 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2027 times:
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Flights from SFO are direct to AKL. From LAX if i remember correctly Air NZ do operate B744s that stop in Rarotonga. The 744s will be having a big cabin refit this year and next year and the B744s will also be having PTVs put in. Air NZ do not operate any A330s or A340s
ASE747 From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 68 posts, RR: 0 Reply 9, posted (9 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 1847 times:
I am going on the same trip in April. I am flying on ANZ I am staying in WLG with some friends, then up to RAR. Yes the AKL-RAR is on a B767-300. Not sure if you are flying stand-by or getting a ticket?? I found a ticket on ANZ: LHR-LAX-AKL-WLG-RAR-PPT-LAX-LHR its a 12mo ticket with stay as long as you want @ the stopovers. $1400US. With all the cheap ticket to LHR you might want to look at this ticket. Also you can fly to AKL and buy a cheap vacation package out of NZ, then you are paying in US $. When are you going ??? And there are no PTV's on ANZ B767
HNLFlyboy From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 321 posts, RR: 2 Reply 11, posted (9 years 3 months 1 week 6 days ago) and read 1753 times:
I think you made another mistake...actually it just needs to be clarified. You are right in that NZ doesn't fly LAX-HNL anymore and code shares those flights with UA, BUT they still do fly HNL-AKL and AKL-HNL as per the following schedule posted on their website: