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1st NZ 744 Named "Kaikoura"  
User currently offlineNZ1 From New Zealand, joined May 2004, 2249 posts, RR: 25
Posted (9 years 3 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 4260 times:
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I can reveal that the 1st aircraft ZK-NBT is to be called Kaikoura. She had her decal applied overnight and is sitting at the terminal awaiting her first flight. Schedule for the next few days is as below. Will try to upload some pics soon as possible.

Flight Dep Arr STD STA Date

NZ135 AKL BNE 0930 1100 28 APR
NZ136 BNE AKL 1240 1740 28 APR
NZ002 AKL LAX 2145 1440 28 APR
NZ002 LAX LHR 1640 1100 28/29 APR
NZ001 LHR LAX 1615 1930 29 APR
NZ001 LAX AKL 2130 0515 29 APR/01 MAY
NZ123 AKL MEL 0830 1020 01 MAY
NZ124 MEL AKL 1200 1720 01 MAY
NZ006 AKL LAX 1945 1240 01 MAY
NZ005 LAX AKL 2330 0715 01/03 MAY

Cheers
NZ1

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User currently offlineZkojh From China, joined Sep 2004, 1660 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (9 years 3 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 4203 times:

Chears NZ1 can't wait, does it look nice, ?? hows the refitting going on the 747's ??


NZ 787-9 flying between PVG - AKL ! CAN'T WAIT!!
User currently offlineErikwilliam From Brazil, joined Mar 2004, 2152 posts, RR: 12
Reply 2, posted (9 years 3 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 4155 times:

correct me if I´m wrong, Kairkura is a beach right, on the north Island, right??

what´s the name of the place northern Auckland, where NZ actualy ends?

just trying to remember from my trip there in 2001



Dida, Cafu, Lucio, Roque Junior, Roberto Carlo, Emerson, Ze Roberto, Ronaldinho, Kaka, Adriano, Robinho, Ronaldo
User currently offlineAerorobnz From Rwanda, joined Feb 2001, 7166 posts, RR: 13
Reply 3, posted (9 years 3 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 4094 times:

Quoting Erikwilliam (Reply 2):
correct me if I�m wrong, Kairkura is a beach right, on the north Island, right??

what�s the name of the place northern Auckland, where NZ actualy ends

Kaikoura is a small tourist town about 2 thirds of the way up the East Coast of the South Island.

In answer to your second question I think you mean Cape Reinga.

back to the NZ747 though, how big is the decal? Of course I'll soon be seeing it on close quarters, but I'm curious.


User currently offlineErikwilliam From Brazil, joined Mar 2004, 2152 posts, RR: 12
Reply 4, posted (9 years 3 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 4046 times:

Quoting Aerorobnz (Reply 3):
Cape Reinga.

ahhhhhhh, that´s it.
amazing place, just amazing.

great trip there

wish to go back someday



Dida, Cafu, Lucio, Roque Junior, Roberto Carlo, Emerson, Ze Roberto, Ronaldinho, Kaka, Adriano, Robinho, Ronaldo
User currently offlineNZ747 From New Zealand, joined Dec 2004, 967 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (9 years 3 months 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 4025 times:

Ah can't wait to see it. Can you release any info about which other 744's will get which names? Also what name is going to be on SUH?

Thanks.  Smile

NZ747


User currently offlineNZ1 From New Zealand, joined May 2004, 2249 posts, RR: 25
Reply 6, posted (9 years 3 months 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 4003 times:
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To be honest, I think it is a pathetic attempt. Although it is about 2 metres across, it looks more like the Star Alliance decal. Not much colour in it. Will let you know how the others will be named in due course.

NZ1


User currently offlineNZ747 From New Zealand, joined Dec 2004, 967 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (9 years 3 months 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 3948 times:

Although I am yet to see it, I have to agree with you. I've always thought it would look stupid. It's like when they used to have the large pictures of birds/Wright brothers plane inside the B762's years ago.

The decal is near the front right?

They should have just put one large decal on two B744 Aircraft in the same place and size as the LOTR/DQ-FJL decals. One representing the best of the North Island, and the other representing the best of the South Island. It wouldn't have to be just one scenic picture, but a whole lot of pics combined into one.

Just my opinion.  Smile


User currently offlineNZ747 From New Zealand, joined Dec 2004, 967 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (9 years 3 months 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 3927 times:

A question for NZ1:

When AirNZ had seven B744's (before NBW) they used to schedule them by means of a spider (web) chart. So there would be a pattern in the schedules, and at some point the schedule for a particular aircraft would repeat.

Do they still do this now? Or how is it done?

Thanks.

NZ747


User currently offlineZKSUJ From New Zealand, joined May 2004, 7086 posts, RR: 12
Reply 9, posted (9 years 3 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 3807 times:

Isnt the decal by the front door of the aircraft, and when will SUH come out with the new refits? Which aircraft is next

User currently offlineNZ747 From New Zealand, joined Dec 2004, 967 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (9 years 3 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 3778 times:

SUH isn't getting a refit. It's leaving in March next year. ZK-SUJ is next.

User currently offlineNZ1 From New Zealand, joined May 2004, 2249 posts, RR: 25
Reply 11, posted (9 years 3 months 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 3737 times:
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Quoting NZ747 (Reply 10):
SUH isn't getting a refit. It's leaving in March next year. ZK-SUJ is next.

Correct. SUH leaves on 6th March 2006

Quoting ZKSUJ (Reply 9):
Isnt the decal by the front door of the aircraft

It's just in front of Door 1 above the windows.

Quoting NZ747 (Reply 8):
When AirNZ had seven B744's (before NBW) they used to schedule them by means of a spider (web) chart. So there would be a pattern in the schedules, and at some point the schedule for a particular aircraft would repeat.

Do they still do this now? Or how is it done?

Aircraft are rotated through the schedule according to a range of factors. The main one being maintenance. I don't work in Flight Ops so cannot answer this question fully, but I know that a particular aircraft may do a LAX-LHR return run for maybe 4 days before being routed through AKL for an 'A' check etc.

Quoting NZ747 (Reply 7):
They should have just put one large decal on two B744 Aircraft in the same place and size as the LOTR/DQ-FJL decals. One representing the best of the North Island, and the other representing the best of the South Island. It wouldn't have to be just one scenic picture, but a whole lot of pics combined into one.

I agree. This would have looked awesome. Am in the process of uploading the pics now, will post a link shortly.

Cheers
NZ1


User currently offlineNZ1 From New Zealand, joined May 2004, 2249 posts, RR: 25
Reply 12, posted (9 years 3 months 3 days ago) and read 3703 times:
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Here is what the decal looks like. Sorry for the crap quality, as they were taken with a camera phone.





Cheers
NZ1


User currently offlineAussieItaliano From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 442 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (9 years 3 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 3638 times:

It's hideous! I surely hope they didn't spend too much on it.


LHR - The Capital of the World
User currently offlineAerorobnz From Rwanda, joined Feb 2001, 7166 posts, RR: 13
Reply 14, posted (9 years 3 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 3572 times:

It's a bit of a waste of time. I was picturing a panel up where the star alliance badge is, in the same way as QF had their 75 Anniversary badge...

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User currently offlineNZ747 From New Zealand, joined Dec 2004, 967 posts, RR: 4
Reply 15, posted (9 years 3 months 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 3515 times:

It looks pathetic. When is the pacific wave going on?

User currently offlineNZ1 From New Zealand, joined May 2004, 2249 posts, RR: 25
Reply 16, posted (9 years 3 months 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 3502 times:
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Quoting NZ747 (Reply 15):
It looks pathetic. When is the pacific wave going on?

Pacific Wave won't be going on until the knife marks have been removed around the lap joints. This will happen when it goes in for its upgrade around Sept/Oct.

NZ1


User currently offline777ER From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 12082 posts, RR: 18
Reply 17, posted (9 years 3 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 3422 times:
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I was thinking it was going to be bigger then that, like placed between the first class windows and cockpit. The whale is kaikoura's symbol, so its the perfect picture

User currently offlineZKSUJ From New Zealand, joined May 2004, 7086 posts, RR: 12
Reply 18, posted (9 years 3 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 3382 times:

Well, it does'nt look that bad. My mistake above, I meant SUI not SUH

User currently offlineNZ747 From New Zealand, joined Dec 2004, 967 posts, RR: 4
Reply 19, posted (9 years 3 months 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 3372 times:

Quoting ZKSUJ (Reply 18):
Well, it does'nt look that bad. My mistake above, I meant SUI not SUH

In that case, SUI comes out before June 9th.


User currently offlineNz1 From New Zealand, joined May 2004, 2249 posts, RR: 25
Reply 20, posted (9 years 3 months 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 3367 times:
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Quoting NZ747 (Reply 19):
Quoting ZKSUJ (Reply 18):
Well, it does'nt look that bad. My mistake above, I meant SUI not SUH

In that case, SUI comes out before June 9th.

It is finished on May 24th, it requires a test flight and ten days of FAA and NZCAA inspection and testing and at this stage should be flying on June 10th.

Regards,
NZ1


User currently offlineJafa39 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (9 years 2 months 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 3260 times:

Will they be naming any of them taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateapokaiwhenuakitanatahu by any chance??

User currently offline777ER From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 12082 posts, RR: 18
Reply 22, posted (9 years 2 months 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 3197 times:
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Quoting Jafa39 (Reply 21):
Will they be naming any of them taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateapokaiwhenuakitanatahu by any chance??

Nope as all B744s (minus the one that will be returned to its lesser next year) will be named either Auckland, Bay of Islands, Rotorua, Wellington, Christchurch and Kaikoura)


User currently offlineN754PR From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (9 years 2 months 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 3181 times:

THATS IT!!.... I thought it would be a nice big pic. (Thats big as in aircraft big not living room picture big)

User currently offlineB707 From United States of America, joined May 2005, 1 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (9 years 2 months 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 3154 times:

I flew NBT on 1 May from MEL to AKL (NZ124). Then went on to SFO on NZ8 (different a/c). Couldn't really tell the difference in the aircraft from the passenger point of view. Good flights.

B707


25 777ER : All NZ B744s have basically the same interior or close to the same interior
26 Post contains images ZKSUJ : Hmmmmm..."taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateapokaiwhenuakitanatahu" I don't think a 70 meter 744 can even fit that long name on the side
27 Jafa39 : So there will only be 7 x 744's in the fleet? will they bring in another or make up numbers with the 777's?
28 ZK-NBT : ZK-SUH is scheduled to leave in Mearch 2006, will be repalced by a 772.
29 NZ1 : Yes there will be 7 in the fleet. As stated before, SUH leaves next March, so no upgrade for her. SUI is going along quite nicely at the moment. Lots
30 Jafa39 : I flew her as NZ2 a coupla years back, sniff, I must stop getting so attached to a/c. I am a true "Jumbophile".
31 NZ1 : To be honest SUH is a pig. It is fault prone, has had more engine changes than normal, and seems to be jinxed. Whether it is a curse from her Varig d
32 NZ747 : Agree, the interior is a mess too. I mostly always get stuck flying on SUH. Once the guy accross from me, upstairs, reclined his seat and the whole th
33 Post contains images Jafa39 : Then maybe it is a good thing my next NZ2 won't be until Nov '06 That reminds me, talking of fault-prone, I have seen NBT on several occasions with a
34 NZ747 : Are you sure it wasn't NBS? Because apparently the number 3 on her is a nightmare.
35 Jafa39 : I reckon you could be right, at the angle I have seen the a/c being worked on (on at least 3 occaisions) I wouldn't have seen the rego. I am remember
36 777ER : Is that the reason NZ is getting rid of it? No, as the B772ERs will be replacing the B763ERs and going on some current B744 routes like AKL-SFO, to f
37 ZK-NBT : The lease is up! They almost got rid of it in 2002, the Koru and titles were removed and she was ready to be sent to the US for storage. Then NZ deci
38 777ER : If SUHs extended lease has expired then why does NZ still operate it right now? This will also result in CHC-LAX going daily, instead of the current
39 TG992 : -SUH was retained as the leasing company offered us a sweetheart deal - very good rates on a month-by-month lease which is very rare for them to allow
40 777ER : So 'Jinxed' could be staying. Would this result in her also getting an upgrade?
41 ZK-NBT : I mean the lease is up in March 2006, which is when she will leave unless something happens soon. I don't no that CHC-LAX will go daily with 772's or
42 ZK-NBT : Well the AKL-LAX flights are pretty full these days, maybe they could keep SUH and increase LAX, also NRT can now go daily with the 744 or maybe more
43 777ER : Either TG992 or NZ1 have confirmed that CHC-LAX will go daily with B772ERs
44 NZ1 : You sly dog Rob - hahaha. Ok. I was going to wait for a few days, but here it is. SUH is indeed now STAYING in the fleet for at least another 3 years
45 Post contains images TG992 : And why would an airline with such a small number of international destinations need an extra 744? ....... and ....... here we come![Edited 2005-05-0
46 ZK-NBT : Excellent news, I love the 744's! You tease TG992, I'm guessing South America maybe.
47 Post contains images NZ747 : Let the guessing games begin Maybe Shanghai, Kuala Lumpur, Chicago, Frankfurt again??
48 AerorobNZ : I'll tell you, come the 16th....:D I think I can guess, nothing too surprising I don't think, but still...
49 NZ1 : HAhaha.......My lips are sealed on this one dude. If you know what I know, then it's all good. Sorry but the rest of you will have to sit this one ou
50 Zkojh : London times 2 please Ralph !
51 Zkojh : Great news there keeping it on, anz is in a good mood this year, lots of new things coming out, so when are we likely to see the 8th 744 redone , are
52 ZK-NBT : ojh, NZ will have all 8 772ER's in service by the end of 2006, plus 8 744's and also 5 763's will remain, so from 17 to 21 long haul aircraft. Anyway
53 Gasman : Are we still looking at having this aircraft on the AKL-SFO route early next month?
54 ZK-NBT : August 10 it becomes regular but it will likely show up in SFO before then.
55 TG992 : Looks like it might be tested on NZ5/6 LAX route rather than SFO Gasman. Although this of course may change.
56 Gasman : Bugger! I might cancel my business class upgrade then.
57 TG992 : Would leave it for awhile. So far I can't find anything scheduled for crewing before June 25th-ish, when NZ6 starts, so it may be they're just waiting
58 AirChina : Does any one know the route to China. It is possible on next year? Cheers
59 Gasman : Thanks TG992. I fly AKL-SFO June 15th. Will still keep fingers crossed for refurbished plane then!
60 NZ747 : Keep it, as you can cancel anytime within 24 hours of your flight. And I'm sure NZ1 or TG could let you know long before then. If you are asking if A
61 Post contains images 777ER : And the rooute expansion continues , but we all knew that NZ were going to expand with the bigger long haul fleet, will keeping -SUH enable NZ to lau
62 NZ1 : We are retaining an extra 763 now too. So that makes 6 in total. Yes we are. Will initially fly a few runs across the tasman before going onto AKL-SF
63 ZK-NBT : Cool, starting to sound real good, thats an extra 2 long haul aircraft now. With the 744's I worked out that there would be BNE-AKL-LAX-LHR daily 3 a
64 ZKSUJ : I read in the NZ herald last year that Shanghai was some where in the list, but then again it did not come from a reliable source (NZ herald was basin
65 NZ1 : The next 2 years will leave 7 aircraft available for line flying, due to 1 aircraft being in the hangar at all times for either her upgrade, C or D c
66 777ER : If one of the B744s went unservicable then would the B744 in the hanger be put back into service if able to?
67 NZ1 : No it wouldn't. Too hard to put it back together mid check. If a 744 went U/S on the changeover day in the hangar, the incoming 744 may be delayed by
68 ZKOJH : so when are we likley to hear the next media statment from the Board of Bosses, anyone got any pics of our new tripple sevens yet, being built??
69 777ER : Don't expect any pics of the T7s being built because cameras are banned from the assembly line
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