Squirrel83 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 7880 times:
Interesting Little Article about Boeing and Air New Zealand flying longer routes with the 777lr, and little tidbit about Air Newland and the 737-9.
Passengers may soon be able to fly non-stop from Auckland to New York. Boeing has surveyed customers about their preferences and says these flights, which could last 18 hours, are the future.
The 200LR can stay in the air fully loaded with 301 passengers for about 19 hours covering just over 17,400 kilometres, allowing almost any two cities in the world to be connected non-stop, including Auckland to New York.
Air New Zealand's new economy class seat which is being fitted to its Boeing 747 and 777 fleet was based on the Boeing standard.
The seats are designed to allow a 1.90m (6ft 3in) tall person to extend their legs under the seat in front without their shins touching the bottom of that seat. The seat height at the knees is also optimised for 96 per cent of the population.
The upper seat back is also slightly thinner, despite the installation of seat-back video screens, giving a little more space.
Air New Zealand has an option on the LR as part of its order for a fleet of eight 777-200ER and the all new 787 jets. Though there are no plans to exercise the option in the near future, the type might find a place in the fleet as Air New Zealand develops its network, chief financial officer Rob McDonald says.
Air New Zealand is more likely to rely on the smaller long range 787-9 to eventually open new routes as far afield as India, Canada and the eastern US.
NZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 6113 posts, RR: 40 Reply 12, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 4559 times:
Quoting Squirrel83 (Thread starter): Air New Zealand is more likely to rely on the smaller long range 787-9 to eventually open new routes as far afield as India, Canada and the eastern US.
Hmm... India? I'd think of South America before India. Do you mean Canadian cities around the Great Lakes? Would Air NZ trust Air Canada to keep flying? If they can, I wouldn't think we'd be seeing Air NZ flying into Canada for quite a while..
Quoting Zonky (Reply 9): I honestly don't believe there is the demand for AKL-LHR premium, nonstop service.
So does that mean that you like stopping over in LAX?
Zonky From New Zealand, joined Nov 2004, 432 posts, RR: 0 Reply 13, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 4510 times:
Quoting NZ107 (Reply 12): So does that mean that you like stopping over in LAX?
Not at all. Do i see sufficient demand for a premium service (let's assume you'd have to look at a 2.5 class 772 config with 34" econ minimum) out of New Zealand? No. Not without destroying yields on the 744 stoppers. Which have just been refitting at huge cost to Air NZ.
The only two airlines in a postition to compete with NZ (hub busting) are VS or BA. Are they going to do it? No. There is hardly the demand not competition to justify the route, and given the additional range issues, the service would no doubt be payload restricted.
Zvezda From Lithuania, joined Aug 2004, 10511 posts, RR: 65 Reply 15, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 4436 times:
Quoting Zonky (Reply 14): But the shortest route is westbound from AKL-LHR - why doesn't it hit the same QF problems?
The easiest way to fly LHR-SYD, LHR-AKL, and AKL-SYD is eastbound. The easiest way to fly SYD-LHR is westbound. AKL-LHR eastbound is only 100nm further eastbound than westbound, so the wind advantage more than overcomes the small additional distance. SYD-LHR is more than 1000nm further eastbound than westbound, so the wind advantage of flying eastbound doesn't overcome the additional distance.
NZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 6113 posts, RR: 40 Reply 19, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 3269 times:
Quoting AirNZ (Reply 18): or do you seriously expect me to fly from Auckland to Sydney eastbound????
Hmmm! be quite an interesting trip that, and what a/c do you suggest.
Look at Emirates' crazy schedules then.. If you can't get to Sydney on that day on F or J class, there's an option there to spend NZD$16,000 to fly on the AKL-MEL-DXB-BKK-SYD flight... That's what I call crazy! Why not just wait an extra day and save about $14,000? This itinary is close enough to going eastbound.
Quoting ZKSUJ (Reply 17): Was a bit shocked or suprised when I read 737-900 though I must admit
Has Air NZ completed its quota to buy the A320's yet? If not, how many more do they have to buy?
Trolley Dolley From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 20, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 3243 times:
Sorry, I can't believe some of the posts saying that AKL-LON will be easier than SYD-LON because of the winds.
As already pointed out AKL-LON is a greater distance than SYD-LON. 900nm equates to about 2 hours flying time. Simply looking Boeing's own range charts on www.boeing.com for the 777LR ex LON show that AKL falls well outside the current range circle. The range charts from NYC show that NYC-AKL is right on the limit of what is possible too.
Current aircraft cannot reach AKL nonstop whether they fly north, south, east or west from LON.
Zvezda From Lithuania, joined Aug 2004, 10511 posts, RR: 65 Reply 23, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 2964 times:
Quoting AirNZ (Reply 18): Now, you are joking, right........or do you seriously expect me to fly from Auckland to Sydney eastbound????
Hmmm! be quite an interesting trip that, and what a/c do you suggest.
Sorry, that was a typo. I meant AKL-LHR.
Quoting Trolley Dolley (Reply 20): Sorry, I can't believe some of the posts saying that AKL-LON will be easier than SYD-LON because of the winds.
You can believe or not. AKL-LHR has a tailwind. SYD-LHR has a headwind.
Zkojh From China, joined Sep 2004, 1573 posts, RR: 1 Reply 24, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 2886 times:
'think they have another 15 or SO on option. My pick is that they would back more 320s or even 321s'
most of the airbus options I think when I last looked were for (20) aircraft, if anything a lot of the options will be for A319's, for which they will replace the 733 on domestic runs in about 5 years times , thou there could be some A321 on order as well. ??
But anything from Boeing would be great about now, lets crack into that overbooming CHINA market, that's been talked about SO much, LOL
Happy New Year of the Dragon - from Beijing...
25 HanginOut: I don't see the point in NZ flying to Canada, other than YVR. I'm not sure if the demand is there and AC can handle the feed from YVR to points east
26 Trolley Dolley: Zvezda. As I fly between New Zealand and Europe twice a year on average, I am well aware of the effects of head/tail winds on these long journeys and
27 ZK-NBT: HanginOut NZ would be more likely to fly to Canada IMO than AC flying to AKL. As much as I would love to see AC aircraft in AKL. And there is no way t