777ER From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 12339 posts, RR: 18
Reply 1, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 3109 times:
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According to the Air NZ schedule Air NZ no longer has any B744s operating any flights to SYD from both AKL or CHC. Flights are operated by A320, B762 and B763. Air NZ use to have B744s operating the AKL to SYD and return flights but they have now been re-deployed to other routes.
StarFlyer From Germany, joined Sep 2002, 987 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 3010 times:
However sometimes (in the past anyway) you would have seen a 747 subbing for a 767...
Back in 2000 I booked AKL-BNE and SYD-AKL on NZ, both on 767s at the time of booking. Well, both flights ended up being operated by 747s. A 767 was unservicable in the Pacific Islands so they flew in a 747 to pick us up from SYD (6 hours delay though!).
With the new Express service I dont know if you will see 744s at SYD again!
Motorhussy From New Zealand, joined Mar 2000, 3334 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 3005 times:
The battle for the premium class traveler between AKL and SYD is all about frequency and convenience.
As 777ER states, there are now a variety of smaller NZ craft plying the route. This is so as to attract a better class of traveler by providing more options on when, assuming that they'll then become regulars on the how.
The old 744's were providing capacity and a return of the craft to base. UA now provide the Star link between LAX and SYD and NZ can link you regularly, each day between SYD and AKL.